WRC: Plan for control tires shelved

2016-10-27 14:25:32

The World Rally Championship's tire war will continue for the foreseeable future, with plans for control rubber now shelved.

Discussions over a Formula 1-style single supplier deal were held earlier this year, amid strong speculation such a move was likely. FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen has now dismissed that plan, following Michelin's announcement of a three-year WRC commitment.

"A control tire does have certain benefits, but why would we try to fix something that's not broken?" said Mahonen. "We are very lucky to have four tire manufacturers in the WRC, something I see as a very good thing."

Michelin motorsport director Pascal Cousanon said the WRC was ideal for his company "due to the close ties that exist between the discipline and everyday motoring, since the WRC features roads and tracks that are used by ordinary motorists."

While Michelin supplies all the factory teams at present, Pirellis are used by several privateer World Rally Car entrants and DMACK fields a team with M-Sport, coming close to victory in Poland with Ott Tanak this year (below).

Originally on Autosport.com

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