F1 teams urge Bridgestone tyres to stick with the sport

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The heat is on as the Formula One circus heads to the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend and the news is out that some of the teams have formally asked Bridgestone tyres to reconsider its decision to quit the sport at the end of the season.

Despite other big name tyres manufacturers, including Michelin, Pirelli, Avon and Kumho, revving up to take over the role of supplying tyres to the sport, a number of F1 teams opted to make the formal request.

Following last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, team principals met with Bridgestone motorsport director Hiroshi Yasukawa, who passed the request on to recently appointed Bridgestone Europe CEO Makio Ohashi, who was present at the race.

Yasukawa told Autosport magazine: “I really appreciate the teams’ approach, and we are happy that they still trust in our company and they wish Bridgestone to stay.

“Maybe we have to reconsider because of the market and the environment. We also understand that F1 itself is more concerned about the environment now, and there is a new power train coming.

“However, nothing has changed yet,” Yasukawa said. “Our company has said, very unfortunately, that we have to stop at the end of this year.”

Alex Kapadia, Operations Team

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