Todt defends Bridgestone

Jean Todt has jumped to the defence of Ferrari's tyre partner Bridgestone. This follows endless media talk that the Japanese company has an inferior product to rival Michelin that is causing Ferrari's drop in competitiveness

Todt defends Bridgestone

Todt said: "You know it would be very unfair to give all credit to one tyre company or to say that it's because of another tyre company that we don't do well, because, as I said earlier, we won so many race thanks to them, so you have to see the whole picture."

In the recent past, Ferrari were considered to have an advantage in being the only top team to work with Bridgestone. Now the critics are saying Bridgestone are short-sighted in putting all their development eggs in one basket. Todt is not convinced.

"I think Bridgestone have been focussing more on developing the tyres with us because we are probably more the point of reference for them, and probably the other tyre company has more points of reference. But I don't want to say that that is an advantage or disadvantage. It's just like that."

Todt is optimistic that Ferrari can soon be back on the pace and able to fight for the championship. The team will be testing at Monza and Fiorano simultaneously next week.

"We have a lot of tyres to develop with Bridgestone and then we will know where we are. But I think it is too early to say that the season is over for us. If you look back at Silverstone, it was a big domination for Ferrari, so it can happen - I don't say it will happen - but it can happen."

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