By Alex Kapadia
Michelin tyres has admitted it is “disappointed” with the decision by Formula One to snub its proposal to return to the sport in 2011.
The French tyres manufacturer has revealed that although it did not lodge an official application, it did engage in detailed initial negotiations with teams, FOM and the FIA about replacing the departing Bridgestone for the start of the 2011 season.
Michelin had been asking for key rule changes, including the scrapping of the single tyre supplier policy, and, as revealed by the company’s motorsport chief Nick Shorrock, measures to demonstrate “respect for the environment”.
However, Formula 1 awarded the contract to Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli and there will be no changes to the rules.
FOTA has announced a carbon emissions reduction programme, with a focus on the fuel efficiency of the engines in 2013.
But Shorrock told France’s Auto Hebdo that he is not impressed with the direction of Formula One.
“We are disappointed not to see motor sport lead the evolution of our society,” he said.