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Old Yesterday, 08:38 (Ref:3876235)   #1801
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And that's probably why Pirelli were chosen over Pirelli. Michelin were even pushing for a return to a tyre war
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They have the choice not to pursue the tender, simple as that. They should say, as a tire company - one that supposedly specializes in performance tires that - "we will not compete in a series that requires us to construct a tire that is deliberately engineered to degrade. It is not in our ethos."

Michelin would never put themselves in that position.

You are overlooking the fact that when Pirelli won the last tender contest to supply tyres for Formula 1 that Michelin were also pursuing that contract. Michelin lost the bid because they would only supply tyres for 18" wheels, against the Pirelli bid which accepted to manufacture tyres for whatever diameter the FIA mandated.

So, it would seem as though Michelin were also minded to provide crap tyres that met the FIA's specification.
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They have the choice not to pursue the tender, simple as that. They should say, as a tire company - one that supposedly specializes in performance tires that - "we will not compete in a series that requires us to construct a tire that is deliberately engineered to degrade. It is not in our ethos."

Michelin would never put themselves in that position.
Beside the point made above about how Michelin would have in fact signed on the dotted line, you conveniently ignore the fact EVERYONE has signed on the dotted line.

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Michelin lost the bid because they would only supply tyres for 18" wheels, against the Pirelli bid which accepted to manufacture tyres for whatever diameter the FIA mandated. So, it would seem as though Michelin were also minded to provide crap tyres that met the FIA's specification.
Michelin did not 'lose' - they decided not to apply...

Michelin absolutely would not have followed the Pirelli route if they 'won' the tender...which I suspect is the main reason they did not apply...as opposed to the low profile tires, which are now coming anyway.

Michelin: "deterioration of performance as a part of the show, goes against our principles of efficient resource management and respect for the technology of a sustainable tyre."
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