While Fernando Alonso's triumph in the Canadian Grand Prix hardly came as a surprise to most observers, it is perhaps fitting that the Spaniard should be the one to take Michelin's 100th Formula One victory.
Carlos Reutemann in the Ferrari 312T2 gives Michelin its first Formula One win in the 1978 Brazilian GP © LAT
It was at Silverstone in 1977 that Michelin made its first F1 appearance, supplying the same Renault factory team as on Sunday. Alonso's 14 victories have all come on the French rubber, and it looks like Michelin will emulate its 1983-84 seasons, when the company won back-to-back titles before pulling out of the sport.
Joining Renault on the podium were Ferrari (who scored Michelin's first Grand Prix win with Carlos Reutemann at Jacarepagua in 1978) and McLaren (who won Michelin's last titles before that first pull-out at the end of '84).
For the third time in nine races the podium, in order, was Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen, and Alonso has been on every podium since last year's Hungarian GP - he is now just four behind Michael Schumacher's record of 19 straight rostrum visits. This came after taking his 14th pole position for Renault in qualifying, tying Rene Arnoux's team record.