Michelin to remain Formula E tire supplier until 2019

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Michelin has won the tender to supply tires to the FIA Formula E championship for the next four seasons.

Following the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris, France, it was confirmed that Michelin’s role as the championship’s tire supplier would continue beyond the end of season two.

After winning the race to supply Formula E tires back in 2013, Michelin enjoyed a trouble-free inaugural 2014/2015 season with its all-weather compound design.

Now, its relationship with the electric championship will continue to the end of season five in the summer of 2019.

“We are delighted to have been selected by the FIA once again and to be able to continue our involvement in this competition which Michelin helped to found,” Michelin motorsport director Pascal Couasnon said.

“Formula E is a superb laboratory to foster innovation in the field of durable mobility in cities and built-up areas and Michelin is actively exploiting this golden opportunity.

“Indeed, the tire we designed for Formula E – the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV – is revolutionary in the world of motor racing and has been acclaimed by all the championship’s drivers and teams.”

Earlier this week, Michelin also confirmed that it would continue to supply tires to the rebranded Formula Renault 3.5 championship in 2016 after agreeing a deal with new backers RPM Racing.

“I would like to underline our determination to contribute to the continuation and development of FR3.5 by RPM Racing,” Michelin customer competition director Philippe Mussati said.

“Our support comes after 17 years of fruitful co-operation within the framework of the World Series by Renault and we naturally showed an interest when Jaime Alguersuari informed us of his ambitions for Formula 3.5.

“Michelin believes it is important to remain a key player in the world of single-seater racing which is why we jumped at the opportunity to carry on supporting a long-time partner like RPM Racing in a series that has provided Formula 1 with so many top drivers.”

Michelin is also currently bidding to return to Formula 1 in 2017 as the series’ sole tire supplier, going head-to-head with Pirelli, which has worked with the sport since 2011.