F2007 evidence of tyre favouritism – report

Tue, 30 January 2007, 01:15

New media speculation has arisen questioning sole tyre supplier Bridgestone’s insistence that all formula one teams will be treated fairly in 2007.

The Cologne based publication ‘Express’ observes that while most outfits have unveiled shorter-wheelbased cars to cope with the characteristics and required weight distribution for the current-spec tyre, Ferrari’s new ‘F2007′ uniquely has a longer wheelbase than in 2006.

It is suggested that Bridgestone may have provided Ferrari, the Japanese company’s favoured partner during the now-ended tyre war, with privileged information about the likely direction of development during the season.

Mercedes’ competition director Norbert Haug responded: “It would be a big mistake for Bridgestone to prefer one partner over the others, so I am completely relaxed.”


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