Fresh exchange of correspondence

19/06/2005
NEWS STORY

In a fresh exchange of letters between Michelin and the FIA

Michelin writes

Sunday June 19, 2005

Indianapolis

Charlie Whiting, FIA Race Director and Safety Delegate

Dear Mr Whiting,

With reference to our letter of June 18 and having collected the results of our in depth analysis from France and the USA, we confirmed that with the tyres on which we have qualified we are not able to sufficiently guarantee the total safety of the drivers.

As a result we reached the conclusion that we will not compete with these tyres in the current configuration of the circuit.

We therefore reiterate our request to have a significant reduction of vehicle speed in turns 12/13."

We request that the FIA consider favourably this request and we remain at your disposal for further information.

Pierre Dupasquier
Michelin Motorsport Director

Nick Shorrock
Director of Michelin F1 Activities

The FIA responds

Dear Mr Dupasquier,
Dear Mr Shorrock,

Thank you for your letter of today's date.

As explained in our earlier letter, your teams have a choice of running more slowly in Turn 12/13, running a tyre not used in qualifying (which would attract a penalty) or repeatedly changing a tyre (subject to valid safety reasons).

It is for them to decide. We have nothing to add.

Yours sincerely,

Charlie Whiting
FIA Formula One Race Director

cc: Bernie Ecclestone
Ron Dennis (West McLaren-Mercedes)
Flavio Briatore (Mild Seven Renault F1)
Frank Williams (BMW WilliamsF1 Team)
Peter Sauber (Sauber Petronas)
Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing)
Nick Fry (B-A-R Honda)
John Howett (Panasonic Toyota Racing)
Jean Todt (Scuderia Ferrari)
Colin Kolles (Jordan Grand Prix)
Paul Stoddart (Minardi F1 Team)

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