Panis Also Hails New Michelin Tyre

Frenchman Olivier Panis has joined Renault's technical director Mike Gascoyne and Williams's chief operations engineer Sam Michael in praising the performance of the new Michelin tyres to be used at the Italian Grand Prix.

Panis Also Hails New Michelin Tyre

Frenchman Olivier Panis has joined Renault's technical director Mike Gascoyne and Williams's chief operations engineer Sam Michael in praising the performance of the new Michelin tyres to be used at the Italian Grand Prix.

French manufacturer Michelin have come up with a new tyre construction for the Monza race after the FIA said their previous one could prove illegal under a new measurement process introduced after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Calling time on a bitter argument over allegedly illegal tyres, the FIA said on Tuesday that they were satisfied with what they had seen and that the new tyres complied with the regulations.

Michelin tested with the new tyres at Monza last week after the FIA said it will now check tyres for tread width after the races as well as before.

Toyota driver Panis said that the new tyres performed better than the old ones.

"I have to say a big thank-you to the FIA," Panis was quoted in The Guardian newspaper as saying. "Michelin had to do what it had to do [in ensuring conformity] and it has worked out so well for us as [in testing] we were quicker on the new construction."

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