Bridgestone finalise tyre contracts

Bridgestone have announced the finalisation of the contracts with the six Formula One teams who were supplied by rivals Michelin

Bridgestone finalise tyre contracts

Some of those teams - notably McLaren - last month asked Michelin to eventually supply them with tyres for winter testing even though the French tyre manufacturer withdrew from the sport, since contracts with the Japanese supplier weren't yet in place.

Today's news means that all eleven F1 teams will be able to test on Bridgestone rubber at the upcoming test session, scheduled at Barcelona on 28-30 November.

"We are extremely pleased that we have now reached agreements with the six remaining teams for the supply of Bridgestone Potenza tyres in the FIA Formula One World Championship," said Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Bridgestone Motorsport.

"We are very much looking forward to testing and racing with them all and developing good technical, personal and commercial relationships.

"This year has been an extremely positive year for Formula One and we look forward to working with the teams and the FIA to ensure F1 has an exciting future. Our role will be to provide safe, high performance tyres of the highest quality and to ensure fairness of service to all the teams.

"We are therefore also particularly pleased that all eleven Formula One teams have recently cooperated with each other to agree a balanced programme of testing for 2007 in the interests of fairness and cost efficiency."

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