Bridgestone Europe held a bash to say thanks and farewell to everyone who made their 14 years supplying tyres to Formula One such a success.
The party was held in Monza during the Italian Grand Prix weekend, the final race in the region and it was packed with the biggest names in the sport.
More than 170 guests from Formula 1 racing teams, the press and Bridgestone companies attended the Paddock Club event earlier this month.
Des Collins, vice president, European Communications Office, Bridgestone Europe, said: “With this event Bridgestone Europe wished to recognise and thank the large number of dedicated professionals who have helped Bridgestone achieve such a high level of success in 14 years of Formula 1 racing around the world.”
The highlight of the bash was a question and answer session with leading F1 personalities including Bridgestone past and present champions Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
Racing team principals Martin Whitmarsh of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Ross Brawn of Mercedes GP Petronas and Stefano Domenicali of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro joined the drivers on stage while a host of fellow team principals and senior team management also added their weight to the occasion.
Between 1997 and 2010, Bridgestone will have equipped no fewer than 11 Driver and Constructor winners of the FIA Formula One World Championship.
By the end of the 2010 season, drivers on Bridgestone Potenza tyres will have achieved 175 wins, 168 pole positions and 170 fastest laps. Bridgestone has also been sole supplier to the GP2 and GP2 Asia Series.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team