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GP Week : Issue 21
FRENCH tyre manufacturer Michelin has been confirmed as new official tyres supplier to the A1GP championship. A1GP, which will start its fourth season of competition at the legendary Mugello circuit in Italy, on the weekend of September 19-21, has an all-new look for its second generation. Gone is the Lola/Cooper tyres combo of the first generation, Bridgestone, it is Michelin which has been chosen to supply tyres to A1GP for the next three years, and A1 is delighted to be welcoming the French brand to the championship. “We are very pleased to be working with Michelin for the next three seasons,”said A1GP general manager, technical and operations, John Wickham. “Michelin has a vast amount of experience in motorsport and will enhance the competitive nature of our series. We commenced the test programme at the beginning of June 10 A1 confirms Michelin deal replaced by an all-new Ferrari-powered car whose design is based heavily on the all-conquering Ferrari F2004 Formula 1 car. Ironically, given Ferrari’s long term collaboration with and have now specified the most suitable tyre compound and construction for our new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car. “We have run 29 sets of slick tyres and three sets of wets so far. There are small differences between the spec of the slicks – about 50 percent are ‘control’spec so 15 or so ‘test’ sets.” Michelin Group Motorsport Director, Frédéric Henry-Biabaud was equally delighted: “Michelin is extremely honoured to be associated with the fast- growing A1GP series and is looking forward to playing a part in the championship’s expansion. The championship organiser has decided to produce a new Powered by Ferrari single-seater and Michelin was active in this car’s development from the outset. This close collaboration underpins Michelin’s image as a truly dependable technical partner. “This association with such prestigious partners represents a genuine challenge and it is Michelin’s experience of advanced technology single-seater racing tyres that has enabled it to rise so successfully to the occasion.”