Michelin development continues in readiness for 2001 tyre war

Michelin's F1 tyre development programme continued in earnest at the BMW-Miramas test track in the South of France. The French company has created a test team to develop it's F1 tyre in readiness for the 2001 season

Michelin development continues in readiness for 2001 tyre war

Tom Kristensen completed four days of running at the wheel of a BMW-engined Williams FW21B in early April and four more this month. The test team are trying to accrue as much data as possible in order to evaluate various compounds and constructions.

"These first tests have allowed us to confirm the results of all our computer simulation work carried out at our test centre," explained Michelin's Manager for World-wide Competition, Pierre Dupasquier.

Over 1000km of testing has been completed, the data from which is being processed at Michelin's Head quarters in Clermont Ferrand. No comparisons have been made with rival Bridgestone as yet, however once the initial tests are completed more specific development work can begin. Dupasquier continued: "It is only as our programme progresses that we will start to look at specific solutions for individual circuits. For the moment, it is very satisfying that we are not a million miles off the target pace."

The test programme has been an ideal opportunity for Kristensen to renew his acquaintance with Formula 1. He said: "I am very impressed by the progress. I have really enjoyed both sessions; it's not often you get the chance to put so much mileage on a F1 car."

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