Red Bull Ask Michelin to Supply Minardi

Red Bull Racing's junior team will make the switch to Michelin tyres next season if a request from the team's owner is successful, Autosport-Atlas has learned

Red Bull Ask Michelin to Supply Minardi

Although the current Minardi outfit were expected to remain with Bridgestone for 2006, sources have revealed that new owners Red Bull have asked Michelin for them to be supplied with the French rubber next year instead.

Such a move is logical for the two Red Bull teams, who are likely to share as much technical knowledge as possible from the start of next season.

Were the outfits to be on different tyres, then it would limit the crossover of knowledge available from tests and development work. Michelin and Bridgestone engineers would also be concerned about their tyre data possibly finding its way to the rival team.

There is also the likelihood of Red Bull's junior team running development versions of this year's RB1 chassis next year - which has been designed around Michelin tyres.

Michelin are now considering whether a supply of their tyres to the Red Bull junior team makes sense. Earlier this season the company made it clear that they wanted to supply less teams than the seven they have worked with this season.

Under current plans Michelin and Bridgestone will both supply five teams each, but should the Red Bull junior team switch camps then it would mean Michelin will supply six outfits compared to Bridgestone's four.

Michelin's motorsport boss Pierre Dupasquier told Autosport-Atlas: "We are evaluating the situation, but no decision has been made yet."

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