Formula one, 2001 season Hungarian Grand Prix at The Hungaroring: Tyre news: the jpoc report

Ferrari pleased Bridgestone by announcing that they had signed an agreement to continue to use the Japanese rubber for another three years. That coincided with the length of the contracts for Michael Schumacher and the teams technical and sporting top team.

In comparison, McLaren did not announce a new deal with Bridgestone. Of course, that gave rise to immediate speculation that they might consider a switch to Michelin at the end of 2001 or even to Goodyear for thte 2003 season. In a glorious example of Ronspeak, McLaren boss said that his choice would be influenced by the Ferrari Bridgestone deal but that he didn't know whether it would influence him to stay with Bridgeston or to leave them. Nice one Ron, what happens if sombody asks you what day of the week it is?

Just as Ferrari engines went into the 2001 season powering cars using both Michelin and Bridgestone rubber, Honda wanted to split the tyre choice used by BAR and Jordan. The main pressure was on BAR to switch to Michelin for 2002 as their contract with Bridgestone was up at the end of 2001. The team was trying to put off a decision though as they were hoping to be running Goodyear tyres from 2003 when the American giant was expected to reenter the sport.


The whole 2001 season All the races and the behind the scenes games
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Who drives what?
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Which engine goes where?
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Business and politics
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Teams and personnel
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Circuit news
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Setting the scene
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Prospects for the race
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Practice and qualifying
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th The starting grid
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Race report
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Results
Hungarian GP at The Hungaroring August 19th Championship standings after the race
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