By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone tyres received a prestigious accolade for its technical achievements in Formula One at the annual Autosport Awards last weekend.
The Japanese tyres manufacturer, which bowed out of the sport at the end of the 2010 season last month, was honoured with the John Bolster Award, named after the original technical editor of the magazine.
Hiroshi Yasukawa, Bridgestone’s Director of Motorsport, received the award. He has spearheaded the company’s F1 programme over the past 14 years alongside Director of Motorsport Tyre Development Hirohide Hamashima.
Yasukawa, who first joined Bridgestone’s motorsport division in 1976, said: “I am greatly honoured to receive this award on behalf of Bridgestone Corporation.
“When I first joined Bridgestone in 1972 it was my greatest desire to see Bridgestone become a technological leader through the field of motorsport and for us to become an internationally respected and well known brand around the globe.
“On behalf of Bridgestone I would like to thank the motor racing community for recognising our passion for technical excellence and our desire to ensure that we provided tyres which were safe, as well as capable of performing at the pinnacle of motor racing.
“We would also like to thank the many individuals, teams and companies who have supported our motor racing activities. Without them, we could not have achieved our goals.”
The award was presented by F1 World Championship winning team principal Christian Horner in front of more than one thousand international motor racing industry professionals, competitors and special guests who were gathered for the annual gala evening in London on Sunday.