Michelin build all-new tyre… in one day
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’