Ferrari confesses to Michelin F1 accusation

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro technical director Ross Brawn has admitted that it was the Italian team that alerted the FIA to the alleged ineligibility of Michelin F1 front tyres [Sep 3]. "We told the FIA at the end of the Hungarian GP that their treads were too wide," Brawn told Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport. "We're not going to accept losing this way any more. It gives a better balance to the front of the car when braking because of weight distribution."

Ferrari confesses to Michelin F1 accusation

FIA president Max Mosley and F1 technical delegate Charlie Whiting visited Ferrari's Gestione Sportiva in Maranello last week, when they met president Luca di Montezemolo, sporting director Jean Todt, Brawn and other engineers.

However Mosley denied that Ferrari had led the FIA to its conclusions. "Charlie Whiting had already made it clear in Hungary that in future we would be looking at real tread width," he told Britain's The Guardian newspaper. "We have reason to believe that the tyres in Hungary were not identical to those in use at the start of the season. There may also have been changes to the way those tyres are being used."

Michelin Motorsport says that it has supplied the same tyres at all 13 races so far this season.

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