Michelin bids for tyres
French tyre manufacturer Michelin, has submitted a bid to become the sports tyre manufacture from 2017. The tending process closed today with the French company set to go up against Pirelli.
Michelin Motorsport director Pascal Couasnon confirmed that they have submitted a bid. He told Autosport “the reasoning is we’ve been proposing ideas, talking about Formula One and that we are disappointed, especially where it is today tyre-wise. If we want to be credible and consistent then you cannot complain or comment if you don’t bring solutions.”
Couasnon confirmed Michelin’s bid involved the low-profile tyre – which it currently supplies to Formula E.
Honda plays down Manor link
McLaren and Honda are downplaying rumours that Manor may switch from Ferrari engine to Honda from next season. Earlier this year Honda said it was prepared to supply other teams.
Manor is currently using last season car after the team collapsed last year but have been working on a turn around. Recently the team have carried out a recruitment of experienced engineers and designers. Graeme Lowdon told Autoweek “”we’re in a position where we’re rebuilding the team really. The start of this season for us has obviously been very unusual, and we’re now having to rebuild things while also looking at the bigger picture and the bigger strategy.”
There have been reports that McLaren wants a B team which has been denied by team.
Ferrari call for decisions
Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne has called on an urgent decision to be made on the future of F1. Last month F1’s strategy group drew up plans aimed to make cars five seconds faster, higher revving engines and more aggressive cars.
Marchionne says the sport needs to commit to the direction of the revamp in 2017. He told Autosport “That is the year we can make a significant change in the rules, in the way in which the cars are constructed, the way in which we look at the power and the aerodynamic side of the car.”
During the Canadian GP Marchionne met with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, along with other key figures in the paddock. He said that Dieter Xetsche and the commission are all committed to doing the right things to try to bring the sport back.
Waiting for our updates
Sauber doesn’t expect to run their updated Ferrari engine until they introduce their own upgrades in Belgium. Team Boss Monisha Kaltenborn says it makes sense to wait until Spa, a track where the update will have the most effect.
She told Autosport “We have been told Ferrari is still doing development, so from that perspective, we expect a bigger upgrade in the engine after the summer break”
Adding “If it happens like this, it will come at a time when we hope to introduce a big update package for our car.” She denied that finances were behind the move to delay the introduction of the updates.