Gascoyne: No Bridgestone Switch

Toyota's technical director Mike Gascoyne has hinted the Japanese squad will remain with Michelin next season despite claims that a decision has not yet been made

Gascoyne: No Bridgestone Switch

Toyota are one of seven teams currently using Michelin tyres, and paddock rumours have indicated the Cologne-based squad could be considering a switch to Bridgestone for the 2006 season.

A spokesman for the team told Autosport-Atlas last week they were still considering their options.

"We are looking at our options for 2006," he said. "Both Bridgestone and Michelin companies are important to the Toyota corporation. So discussions of whatever level have taken place in the past also concerning the F1 project.

"However, we have not made a decision for 2006 yet."

Michelin has revealed it wants to cut back on the number of teams it supplies, while Bridgestone said it would be happy to have another customer.

The Japanese company supplies to three teams, but only Ferrari carry out real development work while Minardi and Jordan hardly test.

But with Michelin tyres having won all but one of this year's races, Gascoyne believes the decision for next year is a no-brainer.

"If you look at what is happening currently, it is quite clear which tyre brand you must have," said Gascoyne.

Toyota's contract with Michelin expires at the end of the season.

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