Thursday February 8th, 2001
BMW-Williams team-boss Frank Williams has opted to run on Michelin tyres because he was sick of being second best to the French manufacturer when they were last in the sport.
Michelin will return to competitive Formula One action in the season opening Grand Prix in Australia on March 4, and will supply BMW-Williams, Benetton, Jaguar and Prost after a 16-year absence.
Williams said that the history of losing to Michelin-shod teams in the past was one of the reasons he opted to switch from Bridgestones and he believes it will not be long before they are back on the podium.
"There is no evidence of how good Michelin will be, but in previous years we've been part of a big group where everybody had the same product," Williams said.
"We have suffered at the hands of Michelin in the past, when other teams have beaten us by a long stretch, and we had no hesitation in joining them.
"Bridgestone have got a headstart but Michelin will catch up very fast and we will reduce the gap on the top two teams."
However, hopes of victory do not seem to be on the agenda just yet. Michelin motorsport director Pierre Dupasquier insisted that the French manufacturer will not win a race, while none of the other three teams running on Michelins have said they expect to win.