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Japan Sunday quotes: Bridgestone

Shoshi Arakawa - Bridgestone Chairman of the Board, President and CEO: "Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel for his victory here at the Suzuka Circuit. The Japanese Grand Prix was held at Suzuka in beautiful weather today after a two year interval, and I believe the spectators thoroughly enjoyed the world's top class battles of Formula One. We are proud that our tyres have helped to provide an impressive and exciting race. Bridgestone, as the Official Tyre Supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship, will continue to support all of the teams and drivers with our full efforts for the season's remaining two races."

Hiroshi Yasukawa - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport: "Well done to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing for keeping the drivers' championship alive with a thrilling win. Congratulations to Jarno Trulli for scoring Toyota's second podium finish in as many races and also to the reigning champion Lewis Hamilton for his third place for McLaren. We were privileged to have many Bridgestone guests, staff and board members here to enjoy fantastic racing."

Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development: "From the beginning of the race the soft tyre worked well, however in the second two thirds of the race it really came alive and we saw very good race performance from this tyre. The high track temperature meant that the hard compound could be used at the start which would not be as advisable on a colder track due to longer warm-up requirements. This was a safe strategy for those concerned by any degradation from the soft, however those who did opt to use the soft at the start saw good performance."

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