Bridgestone confirms official F1 contract

Sat, 22 December 2007, 12:19

Bridgestone on Thursday confirmed that in 2008 it will commence a three-year tenure as F1’s official sole tyre supplier.

The Japanese marque was this year the only tyre manufacturer on the grid, but only because former competitor Michelin had pulled out of the sport at the end of 2006.

2008 is the first year in which the F1 regulations enforce the situation, after the FIA selected Bridgestone in a tender process in mid-2006.

“This is an exciting step for us as a company,” said the company’s director of motorsport Hiroshi Yasukawa.

Bridgestone entered F1 in 1997, initially in competition with Goodyear, and then Michelin from 2001.

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