Teams and tyre firms against re­turn to con­trol rub­ber reg­u­la­tions

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The chances of con­trol tyre reg­u­la­tions re­turn­ing to the World Rally Cham­pi­onship in the near fu­ture ap­pear to have faded com­pletely.

FIA rally di­rec­tor Jarmo Ma­ho­nen ruled it out for next sea­son, but there is a com­plete lack of sup­port for the con­cept among the man­u­fac­tur­ers in the ser­vice park mov­ing for­ward from there. Added to that, Miche­lin’s Jacques Morelli ad­mit­ted the French com­pany was close to sign­ing a new agree­ment to con­tinue as a WRC tyre sup­plier.

“We want it to stay as it is,” Morelli told MN. ”I don’t know when we sign the new con­tract, but soon. I think every­body prefers to have the com­pe­ti­tion and the story that brings.”

Citroen team prin­ci­pal Yves Matton added: “It’s not a good idea. The only in­ter­est there is to make money for the pro­moter. If the con­trol tyre comes then we have one story less for the cham­pi­onship. I am against it.”

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