Michelin teams meet FIA over F1 tyre crisis

Top executives from the West McLaren Mercedes and BMW WilliamsF1 teams met with FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting yesterday to discuss the legality of the Michelin Motorsport F1 front tyre, reports UK daily The Guardian. Despite testing a narrower tyre at Monza last week [Sep 3], the teams, who met at McLaren's HQ in Woking, remain concerned over the regulations and believe that they might have been handicapped in their respective championship bids

Michelin teams meet FIA over F1 tyre crisis

McLaren International CEO Ron Dennis and MD Martin Whitmarsh were accompanied in the meeting by WilliamsFl principal Sir Frank Williams and technical director Patrick Head.

Whitmarsh commented: "Potentially the whole affair is throwing the world championship out of the window for both of us. We talked at length to Charlie [Whiting] but there is still considerable concern about the issue of approving the tyres' conformity at the end of the race, even though Michelin have produced some new rubber which we tested at Monza last week.

"We can either use the existing tyres and risk not conforming with these revised rule interpretations, or we can use new tyres and still risk being illegal despite a loss of performance. Michelin has done a great job, but the changes in set-up we have had to make - to toe-in, camber and tyre pressures - have not worked to our advantage."

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