Italy Sunday quotes: Bridgestone
|Sunday, September 10th 2006, 15:54 GMT|
Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Bridgestone Motorsport: "On behalf of us all at Bridgestone Motorsport I would like to extend our congratulations first of all to Michael on winning today's Italian Grand Prix. However, we will be extremely sorry not to see Michael racing again after the end of this season.
"Michael is certainly one of the greatest racing drivers in history and we all feel privileged to have worked with him throughout his career, from karting to Formula One. Our wish now is to see him end his career as world champion and we shall do all we can to help him achieve this goal."
Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager: "There were a lot of mixed feelings after today's race. On the one hand we were delighted to see Michael win the Italian GP and we were pleased with the performance of the Bridgestone tyres but on the other hand we are all sorry to hear that Michael is retiring at the end of this season.
"We have had a very long relationship with him and he has played a large part in the development of and success of Bridgestone's tyres over the years, for which we thank him immensely. Looking at the race itself, which was very tough on the tyres due to the high track temperatures, we are pleased to see their strong and consistent performance.
"It was a shame that Felipe had to pit again in the closing stages as he could well have been on the podium. Jarno Trulli had a strong race and we are pleased he was able to do this on our tyres with a one-stop strategy. Mark Webber narrowly missed out on a points finish but he did cross the line in tenth from near the back of the grid."