Michelin to look at Ralf's tyre problems

Formula 1 tyre supplier Michelin has launched an investigation into the mysterious tyre fade that contributed to Ralf Schumacher's defeat in Sunday's French Grand Prix

Michelin to look at Ralf's tyre problems

The German, who turned 26 on Saturday, lost the lead of the French race while he took an extended pit stop and was then plagued by tyre problems that slowed his car during his second stint.

"From that point his race was over," said Michelin motorsport director Pierre Dupasquier. "He might have caught Michael, but he would not have passed him. We don't know what the problem is, but I am sure it is a tyre problem if Ralf says it is.

"These drivers are extreme professionals and when they say something they are usually right. We don't know what the problem was, but we must find out. We haven't had the chance to analyse the data, but Ralf said that his car was difficult to drive on the second set of tyres - and we must get to the bottom of that."

Schumacher also had a problem with his tyres during the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring after he dropped off the pace mid-race and the French firm has also experienced a drop-off in tyre performance dropping off in the middle section of race stints. However, Dupasquier insists it is not usually a problem between compounds.

"Previously we have had no problems with sets of tyres of the same compound behaving differently," he said. "During qualifying there was less than one-tenth of a second to choose between sets and that allowed us to take pole. Wear rates and pressures were identical on each set at the end of their race stints. Perhaps we should go back to the laps we did during free practice to see of we can get to the root of it."

shares
comments
Haug Claims Coulthard Could have Won

Previous article

Haug Claims Coulthard Could have Won

Next article

More Benetton woe for Button

More Benetton woe for Button
Load comments
The mid-season rule change that has left F1 teams scrambling Plus

The mid-season rule change that has left F1 teams scrambling

The technical directive issued by Formula 1 to reduce levels of automation in pitstops has given teams an unwelcome period of adjustment. Although safety was the primary goal, it has already had a significant impact on the title race and puts extra pressure on teams to deliver as the season reaches the business end

How the pandemic is continuing to bite F1 Plus

How the pandemic is continuing to bite F1

Uncertainty over the shape of the calendar doesn’t just vex the fans and the commercial rights holder. MARK GALLAGHER explains at how race promoters have been pushed to the financial brink

Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words Plus

Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words

Some 18 drivers have finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton on his way to 100 wins. Three of those recall their battles with Formula 1’s centurion and give their personal insights into the seven-time world champion on his rise to unchartered territory

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2021
Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Russian GP was decided by late-arriving rain that allowed some to climb and caused others to plummet. But the events which played out beforehand are equally significant when considering the all-important driver ratings

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2021
How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi Plus

How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi

Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2021
Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces Plus

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

Formula 1
Sep 26, 2021
The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers Plus

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers

Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia… 

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2021
The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery Plus

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2021