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Thursday, December 15, 2005

michelin to withdraw from f1


yesterday michelin announced its withdrawal from formula 1 at the end of the 2006 season. although the single tyre supplier rule is to come into effect starting 2008, michelin has decided to depart one year earlier. this is definitely a sad news for competition in formula 1 as a whole.

michelin's statement, with slight insult to the fia:
"This decision is the result of profound differences between Michelin’s long-standing sporting philosophy and the way Formula One is managed by the regulating authorities, which no longer provide a clear and sustainable environment to justify long-term investments"

the exchange of subtle ugly words have been on going ever since fia decided to kick michelin out of formula 1. and it didn't stop after michelin's announcement of withdrawal. fia returned the final blow:
A single tyre supplier will undoubtedly make Formula One fairer, safer and less expensive for the teams but, above all, it will avoid a repetition of the problem which arose at the 2005 US Grand Prix.
snap! double ouch!

previous posts:
2005 season review 3
2005 season review 2
2005 season review 1

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