PARIS (Sept. 14, 2005) — The sanctioning body for Formula 1 racing has criticized Group Michelin Chairman Edouard Michelin for his company's stance against F1's proposal to adopt single tire supplier status, saying Mr. Michelin has an “almost comical lack of knowledge of modern Formula 1.”
The body, Paris-based Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), published its statement in response to comments Mr. Michelin made to the press at the recent F1 race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
Michelin has stated its opposition to the single tire rule—slated to take effect in the 2008 season—on more than one occasion, even publishing a detailed list of cost-reducing suggestions for the FIA to consider in place of creating a spec tire situation.
“Mr. Michelin should be aware that the proposal did not come from the FIA but from all the competing teams,” the FIA said, “including all of Mr. Michelin´s teams. There are powerful arguments for a single tire in Formula 1.”
The FIA also took jabs in its statement at Mr. Michelin for comments he reportedly made at the Spa F1 event regarding the FIA's public condemnations of Michelin following the tire-related withdrawal of all seven Michelin-supplied teams at the U.S. Grand Prix in July, and for comments about the FIA's awarding Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. the contract for the World Touring Car Championship.