Atlas F1 News Service, a Reuters report

Tyre Bosses Against Extra Grooves

Thursday March 15th, 2001

Four grooves are good but five would be too many, Formula One's tyre manufacturers said on Thursday.

Pierre Dupasquier and Hiroshi Yasukawa -- Formula One bosses of Michelin and Bridgestone -- are opposed to any move by the sport's ruling body to increase the number of grooves on tyres to help reduce speeds.

"I think the current regulations are very good," said Yasukawa. "I think if we put on another groove this gives a bit more difficulty and everything is just a mess."

International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley was quoted recently as saying that adding various measures might be considered, including adding a fifth groove.

Dupasquier said the FIA had a responsibility to slow the cars but Michelin, who returned to Formula One this season after a 17 year break, would like an alternative measure.

"We would like to have a more technical device than just one more groove, which will make the tyre perform even more sluggishly than it is now," he said.

"There are ways to do it. We made suggestions already but it's a little bit more complicated...there are ways to take off some rubber from the ground with a more positive and driveable tyre."

Latest Headlines:
<<  Previous  |  Mar News  |  News Index |  Next  >>
*(03-16-2005): Badoer Continues Testing at Fiorano
*(03-16-2005): Fisichella Aims to Win Again in Malaysia
*(03-16-2005): Davidson Lined Up for Villeneuve's Drive
*(03-16-2005): Preview: Raikkonen Aims to Stop Renault
*(03-16-2005): Malaysia Preview Quotes: Jordan

© 2005 Reuters Limited. Click for restrictions | © 1995-2005 Kaizar.Com, Inc. Copyright & Terms

  < Previous | Next >

  Mar 2001 Index

  Current News Index

  Email to Friend


   2004 at a Glance
   2004 Standings
   2005 Calendar
   2005 Line-Up
   Drivers Bio
   Teams Info
   Testing Center


   News Service
   Photo Gallery
   My Atlas
   Bulletin Board
   Chat Service
   Shop @ Atlas
   Search & Archive