“Michelin wants to race with a challenge. Obviously when you have competition, your challenge is right there,” Michelin director of motorsport, Pascal Couasnon told media in Hong Kong last week.
“But if you work with the FIA, you work with Formula E, and say OK why don’t you introduce a new rule that makes it more difficult for the tyre maker, then you have your own challenge. That’s what we want.
“We don’t want to race in series where either there is no challenge or challenges that do not make sense for your car and mine. If there is a challenge, even if we are by yourself, it is OK. Formula E’s a perfect example.
“Formula 1 today, to be honest with you, we talked about 18-inch tyres, smaller sidewalls – that’s what you see in the street. If you learn something you can transfer it quickly.
“With the big side tyre wall, you don’t learn something useful. You spend a lot of money for changing tyres every seven-to-10 laps and having technology that you can really deploy on an everyday car.
“I love Formula 1, but in terms of pure technology for the tyre, that’s not the most useful series for today.”
Aside from Formula E, Michelin use endurance racing as a way of producing and developing long-lasting, high-performance tyres.
Source: The Checkered Flag