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Michelin Acknowledges €250,000 Fine from WEC

Michelin set to face €250,000 penalty for failure to deliver tires to WEC ahead of season…

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Michelin has acknowledged the €250,000 ($300,000) fine from the FIA that’s been handed to the tire manufacturer in this weekend’s World Endurance Championship season-opener, for a breach of the sporting regulations.

According to a FIA document released following a stewards meeting, the French tire manufacturer failed to supply 720 tires to the FIA for storage and redistribution to teams for later use in the 2018-19 ‘Super Season’

A new-for-2018 rule, approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in December, stipulates that tires from each WEC manufacturer must be collected 24 hours prior to the first event, and would be randomly reintroduced during the season at the discretion of the technical delegate.

The rule is understood to be aimed to prevent tire manufacturers from rolling out developments to its lineup of tires which are already homologated for the entire season.

It is understood to be the biggest fine imposed in WEC history.

A statement from the FIA reads: “The breach of regulation compromises the sporting equity and fairness of all the WEC Super Season as the stability of the different tire specifications delivered by Michelin will not be guaranteed in the future.”

As a result, Michelin has been given a €250,000 fine, €50,000 of it to be paid immediately and €200,000 suspended until the delivery of the tires by the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the latest.

Michelin, which supplies 32 of the 35 full-season WEC entries, released the following statement:

“It is effectively the case that Michelin did not provide the FIA or the ACO with the total quantity of tires that needed to be set aside for the Super Season, as required by the regulations.

“The FIA and the ACO were informed several weeks ago that the production capacity of our factory did not, at this period of the year, permit us to comply with this new stipulation in the regulations which requests Michelin to produce a quantity of tires equivalent to the organization of an additional race.

“The explanations provided by Michelin to the FIA and the ACO were turned down.

“Michelin has taken note of the decision.”

It’s unclear if Michelin will be able to provide the necessary tires in time for Le Mans, in order to prevent facing the remaining €200,000 fine.

According to the FIA, Michelin had expressed disagreement over the adoption of the rule during the this weekend’s hearing and said it exposes the manufacturers to constraints of production.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Max

    May 5, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Ah man. You could teach management courses and use the WEC as a constant example of what not to do. This series manages to stay alive purely because of the will of the competitors.

    Why not just deconstruct and inspect new and used tires randomly from every race? Kinda hard to hide from that.

    • Joe

      May 5, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      Its the FIA, they’re just a corrupt monopoly like FIFA at this point

  2. ben

    May 5, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    FIA sucks. They enjoy enforcing rulebooks more than anything else in the sport. Disgusting organization.

  3. Dave

    May 5, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    “The breach of regulation compromises the sporting equity and fairness of all the WEC Super Season” This is rich coming from the an organization that overlooks “equity and fairness” with regularity.

  4. Steve

    May 5, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    FIA would homolgate air if they thought they could.

  5. Matt

    May 5, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    I really don’t understand why manufacturers and European teams think they need the FIA to run all of their series. Why can’t the ACO sanctioning the WEC on it’s own? Thank god American racing series don’t employ the FIA to micromanage them.

    • NaBUru38

      May 5, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      The Intrcontinental Le Mans Cup was organized solely by the ACO. Later it became a FIA World Championship.

    • Tim Lawrence

      May 6, 2018 at 1:36 am

      The FIA holds the rights to using the “World Championship” title, unfortunately.

  6. Joe

    May 5, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Not long ago i was kind of annoyed at IMSA for not wanting to go along with ACO rules, now I’m kind of starting to respect them for it. Not that NASCAR is much better as a parent organization but at least IMSA seems to care about the teams the fans and the racing…

  7. Jean’s Not So Todt

    May 6, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Is acknowledging the fine sorta like Michael Scott “declaring” bankruptcy?

  8. Matt

    May 6, 2018 at 11:47 am

    This is the best comment in the history of sportscar365😂

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