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Brawn Backs Bridgestone

Tuesday April 17th, 2001

Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn has backed his team's decision to stay with Bridgestone despite Michelin's dramatic victory at the San Marino Grand Prix last Sunday.

As Ferrari struggled to perform on Bridgestone tyres, Ralf Schumacher's dramatic victory in the Williams, just four races into Michelin's return season following a 16-year lay-off, came as a big surprise to the Grand Prix fraternity.

But Brawn put much of the victory down to an impressive improvement by the Williams squad and does not expect them to have a permanent advantage from the Michelin tyres.

"Clearly, Williams and BMW have made a step forward since last year but it is inevitable that there will be some circuits where their tyres suit the circuit more than the Bridgestone tyre," said Brawn.

"You can't prevent that because there are so many variables," he continued. "It will be up and down, but it is our belief that Bridgestone will do the best job over the course of the season."

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