Bridgestone Motorsport has confirmed, as already really known, that it will commence a three-year contract with the FIA - the sports governing body, from January 1 2008 which will see the manufacturer become the 'official tyre supplier' to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

The three-year deal is the result of a successful tender process, which was held in 2006 and will cover the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Bridgestone was also the only tyre supplier in F1 during the closely-fought 2007 season in which Kimi Raikkonen and the Ferrari team took both the drivers' and the constructors' championship titles.

"Becoming the 'official tyre supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship' is a prestigious honour for Bridgestone and we await the start of the 2008 season with great anticipation," said Hiroshi Yasukawa, director of Bridgestone Motorsport. "Our participation in F1 is a core element of our company's expansion and development and this is an exciting step for us as a company.

"To be chosen by the FIA as the 'official tyre supplier' to the FIA Formula One World Championship shows the high regard we are held in by the sport in which we have participated since 1997.

"We will continue to use F1 as a global platform for promoting our brand and look forward to continuing our collaboration with the FIA Foundation to promote the 'Think Before You Drive' road safety campaign, the agreement for which has also recently been confirmed for the next three years.

"As the sole tyre supplier to Formula One in 2007, we all saw a dramatic and exciting season with very close competition. We strived to treat all teams with fairness and we believe we did a good job. It was an epic battle with Kimi Raikkonen crowned the drivers' champion at the final round and in our role as 'official tyre supplier' we now look forward with great anticipation to some equally exciting battles over the next three seasons."

 

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