“It will be a difficult one” - Symonds
Michelin is no longer the dominant tyre in Formula One, Pat Symonds says.
Renault's engineering chief, whose racer Fernando Alonso
beat Bridgestone-shod Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher
in Spain last Sunday, reckons 2006 is all
set to stage a showdown between the rubber rivals.
"I am certain that Michelin is no longer superior," Symonds told Motorsport Aktuell.
Before the Barcelona race, Ferrari thought it had the winning package, and Michelin-shod Renault was prepared for a struggle. The fact that both were mistaken indicates that the battle is perched on a knife edge.
Monaco is the scene of the next Michelin versus Bridgestone duel, and Symonds is again worried about Schumacher's red spectre.
"He's been so successful (there) you've got to worry about him," he told Speed TV.
Worse still, Renault struggled in the Principality last year, and Symonds revealed: "We know Bridgestone have some ultra soft tyres (to use in Monaco). It will be a difficult one. You can't be confident, can you?"Kimi Raikkonen
won the race last year while Jarno Trulli
won for Renault in 2004. Michael Schumacher
's fifth Monaco victory came in 2001.