MONTREAL (June 26, 2006) — Group Michelin has achieved its 100th victory in Formula 1 Grand Prix racing in its 14 years of supplying tires to motor racing's premier international series.
The latest victory—compliments of defending F1 champion Fernando Alonso June 25 at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal—is Michelin's seventh this year and the 41st since the company returned to F1 racing in 2001.
Michelin will end its involvement with F1 after this season. Starting in 2008 the F1 championship will be serviced by a single contracted tire supplier.
Michelin pioneered the use of radial tires in F1, starting in 1977. It recorded its first victory in 1978 on the way to 59 wins through 1984, when the company bowed out of F1 the first time.
Michelin's 100th victory came in the 208th race in which it competed; seven of the wins came during the 1981 season, when Michelin ended up being the sole supplier for the first seven races of the year.
Michelin Motorsport Director Frederic Henry-Biabaud dedicated the win to the late Edouard Michelin, who was involved in the decision in 1999 to return to F1 racing.
Goodyear is the all-time leader in race wins, recording 361 victories over 33 seasons, from 1965-1998, although it was the sole tire supplier to the series from 1985-1988 and 1992-1997, when Bridgestone Corp. entered the competition.
Other tire brands to record wins in the post-World War II Formula 1 era include Dunlop, Firestone and Pirelli.