Wednesday May 30th, 2001
Michelin motorsport director Pierre Dupasquier was surprised by the tyre wear the French tyre manufacturer experienced at the Monaco Grand Prix. Eddie Irvine and Jean Alesi both scored points for Michelin as they continued their battle with their main rivals Bridgestone and both suffered the wear problems on the Principality's bumpy streets.
"The wear-rate was enormous and that affected us as well as our rival supplier," said Dupasquier. "It varied according to how different cars were set up, but it is safe to say that we were taken by surprise.
"Monaco has proved to be the most gruelling race so far this season in terms of tyre wear. We thought that if the track conditions continued to change before the race, our tyres could be a bit hard, but far from it."
Irvine gave Michelin their third podium finish this season with his third place, while Alesi finished in sixth place.