Decades of Shared Successes
Since triumphing in the 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix, Ferrari and Michelin have enjoyed a particularly special relationship. Today, the two manufacturers are still winning together in endurance racing’s GT class, whilst Michelin equips Ferrari’s fastest road-going models.
In 1978, Ferrari partnered Michelin to its first Formula 1 race victory and the following year its maiden world championship title in the top flight, in so doing proving the prowess of the brand’s radial tyre technology at the pinnacle of international motorsport.
Ferrari and Michelin have won 13 grands prix together and the two companies each boast enviable motorsport records in their own right.
Several years after their joint F1 success, Ferrari and Michelin teamed up once again in endurance racing’s GT category.
From the F40 LM to the Ferrari 458 Italia, Michelin has partnered many of the Italian carmaker’s GT models to victory in a variety of different endurance racing series in America, Europe and Asia.
In the Le Mans 24 Hours, meanwhile, Michelin triumphed in the GTS class in 2003 with the Ferrari 550 Maranello, in the GT2 class in 2008 and 2009 with the Ferrari F430 and in the LMGTE Pro class in 2012 and 2014 with the Ferrari 458 Italia.
In the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Ferrari and Michelin clinched a full house of Manufacturers’, Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns in the GTE class in consecutive seasons from 2012 to 2014.
Michelin is currently playing an active role in the development of the forthcoming Ferrari 488 GTB, which is due to make its debut in the FIA WEC in 2016. At the same time, Michelin is developing specific tyres to exclusively equip Ferrari’s flagship road-going models.
The Ferrari/Michelin partnership in figures: