Bridgestone Quit F1 After 2010

It is 6:22am and the sun is slowly brightening the sky on this cool November Monday morning and only one day after the 2009 Formula 1 season finishes, I rise to the news that Bridgestone are quitting Formula 1 cold from the end of next season. After what will be fourteen seasons (seven of which will have been contested without opposition), they are to concentrate purely on their “development of innovation technologies”.

The big question now is “who next?” Pirelli are an extremely unlikely candidate for a start. Will this see the return of Michelin or will the slow grumblings of a comeback by Goodyear come to fruition? I’m sure we will find out soon enough and I have a feeling that a new tyre manufacturer may be met with a series of rule changes regarding wear rate and rubber expulsion.
Interesting times ahead indeed.

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