Michelin tyre problems turn US Grand Prix into a farce

By Bruce Davis, European Rubber Journal staff

Indianapolis — Uncertainty over the safety of their tyres prompted seven Michelin-equipped teams to withdraw from the US Grand Prix Sunday before it started, turning the event into a farce with only six Bridgestone-shod cars taking the green flag.

A spokeswoman for Michelin said the incident would have no impact on sales of Michelin tyres, or on the image of Michelin in North America. “When the fuss has died down,” she said, “people will appreciate our decision to put safety…

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