Michelin will ‘no doubt’ return to F1

(GMM) Eddie Jordan thinks F1's departing tire supplier Michelin will 'no doubt' return to the sport one day in the future.

In his latest column for F1 Racing magazine, Irishman Jordan, the former team owner, criticized the French company for being involved in the sport for purely selfish reasons.

''F1 is about long-term commitment,'' Jordan wrote, ''and Michelin have never made that.'' He said the supplier has 'sadly' not done enough for 'grass roots' racing like karts.

'EJ' continued: ''Michelin, no doubt you will return, so I hope you look at what you can do for F1, not just what you can get out of it.''

Indeed, it is already rumored that Michelin – to definitely quit F1 at the end of the year in protest of the FIA's single-tire formula – could return as soon as 2008.

Contrary to Jordan's criticism, however, Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost praised Michelin for making it seem that his team is enjoying an advantage with V10 engines.

''Maybe (people) forget that one of the main reasons for (our) performances is the excellent tire supply!'' he said.

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