Williams Explains Bridgestone Switch

Williams will switch to Bridgestone tyres next season because they feel the fact that the Japanese manufacturer supplies less teams than Michelin will help them

Williams Explains Bridgestone Switch

Michelin currently supplies seven of the ten Formula One teams, although the tyre situation will look more balanced in 2006, when Bridgestone gets to supply Williams and Toyota.

"Michelin has given superb performance over the years," said team boss Frank Williams on Saturday. "We just felt we would rather be a serious party amongst a small crowd than one of seven teams."

Williams admitted the team were initially concerned Bridgestone's relationship with Ferrari would hinder them, but after the Italian squad struggled this season, the team boss believes the situation has changed.

"We were concerned about that but we thought about it and especially with the drop-off in performance this year, probably caused by the fact that they had only one team, opened their eyes and I am sure Ferrari's eyes to the necessity of having one or two other teams join," said Williams.

And with Formula One looking increasingly likely to get tyre changes back in 2006, Williams said the idea is viable thanks to the performance drop-off the new V8 engines will cause.

"We are in the entertainment business but Max [Mosley]'s problem is it will make the cars faster," Williams added. "That said, next year, we will have a lot less horsepower so maybe that is not an issue."

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