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Bridgestone Responds to Michelin Claims

Friday November 2nd, 2001

Japanese tyre manufacturer Bridgestone has responded to Michelin after the French marque suggested their rivals had used chemicals to improve their performance.

Michelin boss Pierre Dupasquier had questioned Ferrari's Bridgestone tyres earlier this month, suggesting the Japanese manufacturer had enhanced their tyres' performance by using chemical products in the final two races of the season, the United States and Japanese Grands Prix.

But Bridgestone has refuted the French manufacturer's claims, adding that using chemical products to improve performance will not be of any use in Formula One.

"This talk of chemicals is in his imagination," Bridgestone technical manager Hisao Suganuma told this week's Autosport magazine. "I have heard stories about things giving extra grip in karting or F3, but that is from a long time ago and they would not be effective in F1."

Published at 12:10:34 GMT

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