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Ecclestone to decide on tyre supply

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23/07/2015

The FIA has revealed that having met its requirements via its bidding process to become the sport's sole tyre supplier, the decision as to which of the companies wins the deal will be handled by the commercial rights holder.

Having withdrawn from F1 in 2006, still languishing under the dark cloud that was Indianapolis 2005, Michelin has been encouraged back to F1, most likely by the fact that the sport's governing body is run by countryman Jean Todt.

However, the French manufacturer only wants to return to F1 on its own terms, looking for less interference from the sport's powers-that-be and also seeking to change from the current 13 inch tyre to 18 inch, which, it says, will benefit the sport and tie-in with the tyres it already supplies to Formula E and WEC.

Pirelli, which is understood to be Ecclestone's preferred option, insists 18 inch tyres would not benefit the sport – a claim supported by many within the paddock including Paddy Lowe - and would in fact drive up costs as suspension systems and brakes would need to be redesigned.

Whilst far more malleable, in terms of supplying rubber to suit Ecclestone's demands in terms of the racing, Pirelli, which returned to the sport in 2011, also spends a lot of money on trackside advertising, unlike its French rivals.

A decision is expected later this year after Ecclestone has discussed the situation with the sport's controlling shareholders and then put before the FIA's World Motor Sport Council for approval.

On the other hand, many fans and drivers would like to see a tyre war, feeling that it adds to the 'spice'.

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1. Posted by Paul C, 25/07/2015 18:25

"The FIA is Bernie's "bad cop" so he doesn't look bad consigning cars to start from the end of the pits."

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2. Posted by Burton, 24/07/2015 18:55

"C'mon guys, Todt surely is too busy!! Doing what I have no idea..."

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3. Posted by Spindoctor, 24/07/2015 7:15

"Eh?
I too thought that tyres might be something for FIA to decide. Does FIA actually do anything except impose onerous penalties on struggling teams?

Ridiculous!"

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4. Posted by TokyoAussie, 23/07/2015 12:25

"I have no strong opinion either way on the supplier of tyres. But I have an incredibly strong opinion of this decision being given to Bernie. The tyre supplier is surely well outside his purview. What IS the FIA doing?"

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5. Posted by fredfrog, 23/07/2015 10:00

"Teams should be able to choose their own tyre supplier and to hell with BE and the FIA. We need competition at every level - this would inject more interest in the sport. There's too much interference!
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