Bridgestone warns teams to expect change

Wed, 8 November 2006, 09:53

Bridgestone’s director of motor sport has warned formula one teams that a change of philosophy will be necessary for the 2007 season.

Hiroshi Yasukawa expressed regret that rival Michelin is pulling out of the sport, but said the early beginning of a monopoly situation would make supplying tyres in F1 starkly different in 2007 and beyond.

“The teams will have to learn how to use the tyres,” the Japanese said.

Yasukawa, 56, added: “In ’06 we tried hard to get the tyres to suit the cars, but the reverse will be true next year — the teams will have to work hard to get their cars to suit the tyres.”

Bridgestone will supply a harder and slower tyre to all teams next year, as Renault, McLaren, BMW-Sauber, Red Bull, Honda and Toro Rosso make the switch from their departing French partner.


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