JUNE 29, 1998
Michelin talks to Williams and Ferrari
Things will need to move very quickly if Dupasquier is to be successful as the company will need to begin testing very soon if it wishes to be competitive next season. Having said that Michelin has enormous amounts of data from its previous involvement in F1 and has had a small group of engineers working on the design of F1 tires for the last couple of years.
While Goodyear engineers are hoping that success in Canada and France with Michael Schumacher will convince the management in Akron to change its mind, time is already running short as staff are beginning to drift away, believing there is no future in F1 with Goodyear. A final decision will be needed within the next few weeks.