Pierre Dupasquier Q&A

Michelin had a tough time in 2002, but already the French company has won as many races this year as it did last season. Indeed, including the two McLaren victories it has taken five of the available podium spots this season. Of course, Ferrari's misfortune has helped, but there's no doubt that Michelin has performed well so far. Significantly, there are now three extremely competitive teams on Michelin - all three have already earned podiums - and Toyota is knocking on the door as far as points finishes are concerned. Adam Cooper talked to Michelin competitions boss Pierre Dupasquier

Pierre Dupasquier Q&A



"I can't say much about it. We know that another race will be another problem! We'll try to offer tyres that are suited to the track, the way we did so far. We know we've improved a lot, and our partners have improved significantly also. A rubbish tyre with a good car doesn't work, but the vice versa is true. A good tyre with a rubbish car doesn't work either!"



"We lost too many cars at the beginning. We lost five cars, which makes it difficult. Fortunately Kimi got ahead and he drove like a true professional. He was pushing hard from the French GP last year. OK, now he did it, now he knows how it is to go on top of the podium. The whole team will be more concentrated and more consistent also, in the details and everything. I'm confident we will be competitive. Ferrari is still very, very competitive, we know that. Rubens did a very good race - he was not able to win - but he did a very good race. Someone said because of the tyres we had an advantage, but it's not up to me to say that!"



"We know their car is very, very competitive. The chassis and aerodynamics are very good. They still complain about the engine power, which they say is not as good as it should be. The day they have an engine which is comparable to the top guys in the field those guys will be competitive."



"Yes, and Toyota was there also, Panis was there. He had a good feeling, he said he could finish in the top four or five, something like that."



"It's everything. We improved the construction during the winter, and also towards the end of last year we brought a new family of compounding, which seems to be really interesting. We don't know everything about it yet, we still have a lot to do, but it is interesting. It's performing and the consistency is there. For example, we were much too conservative in Sepang. The tyres could probably do the entire race, which we could translate into five or eight tenths per lap."



"A good part of it has been resurfaced. We knew that, so we sent a team to evaluate it before Malaysia. We will try the best we can to offer a compound that's suitable."

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