MAY 22, 2000
Michelin and Ferrari
THERE are rumors that Ferrari may take a risk at the end of this season and switch to Michelin tires next year.
The Michelin test program has already covered well over 1000km and the data from those two four-day tests - carried out by Tom Kristensen in a BMW-engined Williams FW21B at the BMW test track at Miramas recently - is currently being analyzed. Michelin's major concern at the moment is to see if the computer simulation work it has been doing is confirmed by what happens on the race track.
The company has also collected data for wet tires having sprayed the track surface at Miramas. The Michelin test team is now expected to start visiting Grand Prix circuits around Europe.