Don't be hard on Michelin, says Head

Williams-BMW technical director Patrick Head says the team's tyre-supplier Michelin is a victim of its own success after the French manufacturers' contracted teams struggled in practice and qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

Don't be hard on Michelin, says Head

After returning to Formula 1 for the 2001 season, Michelin has already taken two victories in the 10 races run so far. But its attack floundered at Silverstone as rival Bridgestone took the top seven places in qualifying. Williams rookie Juan Pablo Montoya was Michelin's fastest qualifier in eighth.

"The problem is they have almost done too good a job in their first year," said Head. "Initially, our expectations were that we might just get up into a competitive position at the end of the year, but there we were in Imola and a couple of races later in Montreal winning races.

"That then makes everyone look at Michelin's performance at Silverstone and think that not being competitive here is a shame and a scandal," he added. "The fact is that there were two pretty good highs with some good races earlier in the year, which increased expectation.

"As a result, people think that there should be no reason why Michelin shouldn't be competing at the same level or higher, but it is not as easy as that."

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