Sebastien Loeb praises Michelin tyres for WRC

27th March 2012

Former World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb has heaped more praise on the range of Michelin tyres teams are able to select from for the WRC.

The comments come following significant changes to the sport, which saw crews allowed to use up to ten tyres during races faced with exceptional conditions.

This change was implemented after drivers struggled with conditions at last year's Australian rally, which saw heavy rain create difficulties on the track.

Under the new rules, drivers will be able to choose from a range of the softer Michelin tyres at the upcoming Rally Portugal in the Algarve.

Speaking to Autosport.com, Loeb backed the change of plans recalling how "terrifying" it was to drive on hard tyres during muddy road conditions.

He said: "In addition to the 40 'hard' Michelin Latitude Cross tyres, we can use up to ten soft tyres … If it does rain, they will enable us to avoid taking any unnecessary risks to stay on the road."

Loeb previously heaped praise on the design of his Michelin tyres following victory in the Monte Carlo rally.

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