Bahrain Preview Quotes: Michelin

Pierre Dupasquier, Michelin motorsport director: "As is customary, we have been working very hard on the forthcoming race - we might have made a sparkling start to the season, but there is never any scope for complacency in Formula One. Even though Michelin has so far had the upper hand in this year's tyre battle, it won't surprise anybody if the opposition ups its game

Bahrain Preview Quotes: Michelin

"This weekend we will face our third different set of circumstances in as many grands prix - and Bahrain poses some unique challenges. It is likely to be hot and the desert setting means there is always a risk of sand blowing onto the track, which naturally accelerates the rate of tyre wear.

"Last year we came here with no experience of running at the track, although our technicians had visited the facility to allow us to conduct a number of simulation tests. This year's preparations are not really a great deal simpler, though, because the track will have evolved in the past 12 months and the tyre regulations have, of course, changed significantly."

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