Miche­lin build all-new tyre… in one day

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Miche­lin came un­der fire af­ter the de­ba­cle at Ar­gentina – which saw Scott Red­ding’s tyre vi­o­lently de­lam­i­nate dur­ing FP4 and the race it­self run in two parts – so it was no sur­prise they pulled out all the stops for Austin.

Sit­ting down with a top team of en­gi­neers on Mon­day morn­ing to an­a­lyse why Red­ding’s tyre failed so spec­tac­u­larly at the Ter­mas de Rio Hondo cir­cuit, Miche­lin were able to cre­ate a unique so­lu­tion to the prob­lem – com­pletely new tyres.

De­sign­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing the tyres in south­ern France in just one day, be­fore ship­ping (and in some cases car­ry­ing as bag­gage on com­mer­cial flights) them to Texas they were able to in­tro­duce two new stiffer con­struc­tion but softer com­pound rear tyres de­signed es­pe­cially for the Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas – some­thing that Miche­lin tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Ni­co­las Gou­bert says was the cor­rect re­sponse.

“What we re­ally wanted to do here was to show that we could re­act in the cor­rect way af­ter the is­sue that Scott had in Ar­gentina. We did ex­actly what we said we would do and brought some new tyres that were based on the ex­tra tyre that we should have run in Ar­gentina, but with com­pounds more suited to the track here,” Gou­bert said.

“It was tight in the fac­tory to get it done, but it worked and the tyres did a pretty good job, so we are pleased about that. Con­sid­er­ing this is the first time that we have had these con­struc­tions on the race-track we are quite sat­is­fied with the re­sults.”

‘It was tight to get it done, but the tyres did a pretty good job’

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