F1 narrows tyre choice to Michelin, Avon

Formula 1 teams are set to decide between Michelin and Cooper Avon as the sport's tyre supplier from next year, according to Williams technical director Sam Michael

F1 narrows tyre choice to Michelin, Avon

He said after a meeting of the Formula One Teams' Association on Wednesday that either the French or the American manufacturer would be chosen.

Pirelli had also stated its intention to consider a return to Formula 1, but Michael suggested teams have ruled out that option.

"The conversations really, at this point, are between Michelin and Avon," Michael told Reuters. "Avon's a lot cheaper (than Michelin) but it's a less proven product although they've done plenty of highly competitive tyres.

"They are a bigger unknown than Michelin because Michelin did it (in F1) very recently. But there is a significant difference in cost and you are probably talking over three times the difference in cost to the teams.

"So that's what's being debated at the moment."

Current tyre supplier Bridgestone will leave Formula 1 at the end of this year.

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