Jul.20 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Michelin is still in the running to become F1’s new tyre supplier in 2017.

Although some had questioned the French marque’s push to ensure the sport moves to a lower-profile wheel rim size, it is believed Michelin has satisfied the FIA that it is technically competent to be considered for the 2017-2019 contract.

Pirelli, F1’s existing sole supplier, is also still in the running, but there is speculation FIA president Jean Todt, a Frenchman, may be keen to see Michelin secure the deal.

“I have no fear of us being pushed out,” Italian supplier Pirelli’s F1 chief Paul Hembery told the German newspaper Bild.

“We are fighting as we’d be happy to stay,” he added.