Michelin to discuss F1 return
Michelin has confirmed it would be interested in a return to Formula One, but only under certain conditions.
Director of motorsport Pascal Couasnon has, though, dismissed reports he was due for an imminent meeting with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to discuss the possibility.
And Couasnon has stated Michelin would only make a comeback as long as F1 diverted away from the situation Pirelli has found itself in, where it has had to develop quickly degrading tyres to improve the show.
Speaking to Le Figaro, Couasnon said: "I guarantee I have not scheduled any meetings with Bernie Ecclestone.
"I hardly know the world of F1, but all of these people depend on each other.
"If negotiations were to begin, we would lead them to the FIA, Bernie Ecclestone and the teams.
"We have already sent (to the FIA) the same information as we've made public, so our position is known to all.
"If the FIA agreed to negotiate a different way of using tyres in F1, then perhaps we are ready to talk."
Couasnon feels if Michelin followed the path adopted by Pirelli then it would likely damage the company's reputation.
"We really don't like the way F1 is presented today, not at all. It disappoints and even angers me," Couasnon added.
"You don't create a good image of such an important automotive product - a tyre - by changing it every few laps or even every few corners."
Michelin would also prefer the tyres in F1 to become more relevant to road cars, and so would eventually like to see a switch to 17- or 18-inch wheels, compared to the current 13-inch.
That would be deemed unacceptable by many as it would make the F1 cars appear like cartoon caricatures, but Couasnon said: "We have always said we were interested in the competition.
"It is quite an interesting technical challenge, but one of the problems is it doesn't mirror high-performance road tyres.
"If F1 is ready to go to 18-inch wheels, we'll definitely be in the championship."
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery claimed at the weekend if the FIA now puts out to tender the F1's tyre-supply contract from 2014 onwards then it would be "farcical".
Hembery does not believe another manufacturer would have time to develop a range of tyres within a few months.
Couasnon acknowledges that "after a certain point a comeback is impossible", although is not beyond the realms of possibility at present.
He added: "We need time for the production of tyres. Let's just say the end of October will be too late to change."