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Should or Can Ferrari switch to Michelin in 2006 or 2007?

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  1. Drew Altemara

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    Assuming it is 1/3 chassi/engine, 1/3 driver and 1/3 tires, and further assuming that that the first 2/3rds are up to the challenge should Ferrari think about switching, with the rest of the field being able to obtain more developement time on Michelins, to Michelin?
     
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  3. imperial83

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    so, in short... NO!
     
  4. tifosi12

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    Imagine the consequences: Bridgestone would use Jordan as its main team and create the perfect symbiosis of tire-chassis combination while the Minardi team would have to do a lot of the testing for them. We would end up with processional races with two yellow cars leading, followed by two black cars. Unthinkable!
     
  5. Drew Altemara

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    Well, I think Bridgestone has been struggling for the past few years.

    Despite all your good points above, there is still a case to be made that with the other teams running on Michelin (X Jordan) they have a much better database to develop a good tire from. Maybe this is just too much of an uphill battle or maybe this is just a cycle that Ferrari has to work through with Bridgestone. We'll see.
     
  6. F1racer

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    Ferrari is staying with Bridgestone.

    Red Bull = Ferrari engine in 2006 = Bridgestone tires in 2006?
     
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  8. MS250

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    I will agree with imperial on this one. It amazes me that we need to think jump ship.......no wonder there are so many divorces in this world....geeesh.
     
  9. tifosi12

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    Sauber is on Michelin this year, so not necessarily. But you have a point, it would help Ferrari to get RBR to use Bridgestone as well.

    ...come to think of: Red Bull and BS kinda fits together...
    :)
     
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  13. tifosi12

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    Makes me wonder whether the decision by Sauber to switch to Michelins had anything to do with them loosing the Ferrari engines for next year.

    I know BMW wants Sauber and Todt offered his engines to Sauber for next year as well. The question is more, did the price go up and/or the preferred customer treatment/service go down after Sauber made the tire switch.

    Maybe there are also technical reasons that make a certain engine/tire combination more valuable?
     
  14. Godfather

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    This is business, Ferrari should be on Michelins the next race. You forget that Ferrari lost the championship in 98 and 99 because they were on Goodyears.
     
  15. tifosi12

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    ANY 4th tire at the Nuerburgring would have brought them the title in 99. But the car needs four, not three.
     
  16. fluque

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    I remember reading that there was a proposal to go back to a single tire.
     
  17. Anthony_Ferrari

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    No. they definately need 4! ;)
     
  18. Godfather

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    LOL!
     

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