F1 tyres supplier race still on as Michelin challenge Pirelli

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Just as it looked like Pirelli was the clear winner in the race to become the new tyres supplier for Formula One, Michelin has put its foot down and appears to have pulled level.

It appears that 11th hour talks have taken place with the French tyres manufacturer and the Formula One teams and the word is that the race will continue into next week.

The trouble is that the teams are keen to get on with designing their 2011 cars and it’s vital they start gathering information about the new tyres.

But the negotiations, which seem to have narrowed down to a choice between Pirelli and Michelin, still remained inconclusive after the Turkish Grand Prix.

Ross Brawn, the Mercedes team boss, said: “There was a lot of general discussion, it’s going to take a little while longer.”

While Adam Parr, Williams chief executive, “We are still in the process of making the final decision, I’m afraid.

“It’s taking a bit longer than we’d like but it’s going very well and we’ve got proposals from both of them,” he said.

“Today was nothing new, just running through the ideas. Just to make sure we full understand everything. I think it will take a few more days but we are getting close.”

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