This is starting to get a little ridiculous!
Yet another Grand Prix weekend will elapse before the identity of the 2011 F1 tyre supplier is made known, with the hold-up apparently down to delays in the FIA’s legal department.
FIA President Jean Todt has confirmed that Formula One Management must “launch a tender” for the tyre supplier arrangement, in spite of the deal seemingly meeting with the teams’ unanimous approval.
Italy’s 422race.com reports that Pirelli has definitely secured the deal, with confirmation expected between the Montreal and Valencia races.
Meanwhile, the toys are being thrown out of the pram at Michelin, with the manufacturer confirming it has received “no feedback” from the Formula One Teams’ Association after a last-minute meeting between FOTA and Michelin’s competitions chief Nick Shorrock on the Sunday morning of the Turkish Grand Prix.
Speaking with the AFP news agency, Shorrock refused to rule out Michelin’s chances of securing the tyre supply tender.
“Since the trip that I made to Istanbul two weeks ago, the objective of which was to meet with the teams to talk about the details of our offer, I’ve had no feedback, but I am expecting some,” he said.
“But time is getting very tight to develop a product that is consistent, delivers good performance and above all is safe.
“Within the next couple of weeks if there’s not enough information then it’s going to make life extremely hard for all parties,” he added.
“My past experience of F1 is around this time people start moving on to next year’s car. If you’re not on board in June/July time you will be struggling,” he concluded.
So who do you think will get the green light to replace Bridgestone? Post your comments below.
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