Jersey Tom wrote:I'm 99% certain it didn't have to do with "resonance."
Well, this is your opinion. Resonance is a perfect explanation why the Michelins with a different side wall stiffness failed and the Bridgestones did not.
Not my opinion, just what I'm told. Not long ago (at some point this year) this topic came up in conversation with an engineer.. let's say quite familiar with Michelin F1 tires of that time frame.
He mentioned what the issue had been. To be honest I don't recall what the specifics, but it was pretty unsurprising. Nothing fanciful, and it would have hit my memory if it was some "resonance" thing.
The company is probably the most experienced manufacturer of auto racing tyres. Their engineers must have been caught out by something very unusual.
This is just naive. Most experienced? By what measure? Plenty of equally "experienced" tire companies out there. Does Michelin do good work? Absolutely. They have some fine products out there, both racing and consumer. They also have some crap products. They've beaten other manufacturers, and they've also been beat pretty handily themselves.
Putting any supplier, manufacturer, or competitor on a pedestal of being infallible is silly.
Grip is a four letter word. All opinions are my own and not those of current or previous employers.