By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone tyres have welcomed sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Racing team to the world of Formula One.
Mr Hiroshi Yasukawa, director of motorsport for Bridgestone tyres, said: “We are delighted, in our role as Official Tyre Supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship, to be working with the Virgin Racing Team and welcome them whole heartedly to the paddock.
“Not only do we expect Virgin will strive for success on track but their marketing and promotional know-how will be a welcome boost as Formula One enters into an exciting new era.”
Alex Tai, Virgin Racing’s Chief Executive Officer, expressed his pleasure at the team’s partnership with the Japanese tyres manufacturer. He said: “Bridgestone’s philosophy is `Passion for Excellence’, which perfectly matches Virgin’s approach to life.
“Being new to the sport we are very happy to partner with such an icon as Bridgestone, a company which not only has immense experience but which has also achieved incredible success in the field of motorsport.
“We look forward to a close and productive relationship with Bridgestone.”