Bridgestone Ready to Supply 11th Team

Formula One tyre manufacturer Bridgestone are set to give approval to a supply deal for Honda's new 'junior' team next year, Autosport-Atlas can exclusively reveal

Bridgestone Ready to Supply 11th Team

Although details of the new team only emerged this week, sources have revealed that Bridgestone are keen to get involved with the Honda 'junior' team because of the high profile the new outfit are likely to have in their home market of Japan.

If the green light is given for the new team, with further discussions set to take place at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, then it could result in a Japanese combination of Takuma Sato driving a Honda-powered car on Bridgestone tyres.

Bridgestone's desire to get involved with the new outfit has also been fuelled by the possibility that Red Bull's junior team could be switching to Michelin tyres next season.

Should that happen, with Red Bull having lodged a request with Michelin, then Bridgestone would only be left with four of the current teams  - Ferrari, Williams, Toyota and Jordan - at a time when they know they need as much testing mileage as possible to recover their form.

The Honda operation would almost certainly have the budget for a major testing programme to help Bridgestone's efforts, even though the exact details of who will be running the team have not yet been disclosed.

BAR boss Nick Fry told this week's Autosport that discussions over the new team were close to being finalised - although emphasised that the final green light for the operation had not been given.

"The discussions are well advanced but they are not yet concluded," he said. "Mr. Ecclestone is fully aware of what's going on and has given it his support, as he is aware that these are credible people with the appropriate resources."

BAR test driver Anthony Davidson has been strongly linked with the second seat at the new Honda team, which will almost certainly run their own development versions of this year's BAR007 chassis.

shares
comments
Raikkonen: 2003 was More Painful
Previous article

Raikkonen: 2003 was More Painful

Next article

Alonso Relaxed for Final Races

Alonso Relaxed for Final Races
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Plus

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star Plus

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy Plus

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Plus

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Plus

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Plus

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
How Verstappen's record-breaking 2022 season compares to the F1 greats Plus

How Verstappen's record-breaking 2022 season compares to the F1 greats

The 2022 Formula 1 season will be remembered as a record book rewriting Max Verstappen masterclass, a completely different challenge to his maiden world championship last year, and a clear sign he is still raising his own level. But where does it stack up against the all-time great F1 campaigns?

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2022 Formula 1 season came to a close at the Yas Marina Circuit, where the battle for second in the standings was decided, the wins in a season record extended and a retiring four-time world champion bowed out on a high. Here's how we rated the drivers

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2022