By Alex Kapadia
Jenson Button and Ross Brawn took time out of their busy schedule preparing for the Japanese Grand Prix tomorrow, to make a pit stop at Bridgestone tyres technical centre.
The current championship leader and the team boss were taken on a tour of the Tokyo tyres factory where they were invited to meet, greet and motivate the staff and engineers.
The site is Bridgestone’s primary production facility in East Japan, producing not only Formula One tyres but also passenger car, truck and bus tyres, as well as aircraft tyres.
Button said: “It was fascinating to visit the Bridgestone Technical Centre in Tokyo on Wednesday and see what goes on behind the scenes.
“We were so warmly welcomed by the staff and it was a pleasure to meet some of the people who work so hard to design and produce our Formula One tyres.
“The Bridgestone Today museum was really interesting with everything from historic F1 tyres to seismic isolators for buildings and a rubber fin for a dolphin!”
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, added: “We were very pleased to welcome Ross Brawn and Jenson Button to the Bridgestone Technical Centre.
“Both Ross and Jenson made positive comments about our tyres during the visit and these comments will help to encourage and motivate our staff to continue with their hard work.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team