Formula 1 teams are set to decide between Michelin and Cooper Avon as the sport's tire supplier from next year, according to Williams technical director Sam Michael. He said after a meeting of the Formula One Teams' Association on Wednesday that either the French or the American manufacturer would be chosen.
Pirelli had also stated its intention to consider a return to Formula 1, but Michael suggested teams have ruled out that option.
"The conversations really, at this point, are between Michelin and Avon," Michael told the Reuters news agency. "Avon's a lot cheaper (than Michelin) but it's a less proven product, although they've done plenty of highly competitive tires. They are a bigger unknown than Michelin because Michelin did [F1] very recently. But there is a significant difference in cost – you are probably talking over three times the difference in cost to the teams. So that's what's being debated at the moment."
Current tire supplier Bridgestone will leave Formula 1 at the end of this year.