Michelin has confirmed it is poised to return to formula one.
The sport's existing tyre supplier, Pirelli, has said a 2014 tender at this late stage would be "farcical".
But French marque Michelin, reportedly backed by the FIA's French president Jean Todt, said on Monday it is ready for talks so long as they begin soon.
The Michelin rumour gained strength at the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, where Pirelli's fraught and highly-controversial season took yet another turn, when Friday practice was marred by more punctures.
"Our position is now known," Michelin's competition boss Pascal Couasnon on Monday told Le Figaro.
"If they (F1) are willing to talk, we are ready to...
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