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Sauber announce Michelin switch 03 Nov 2004

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Sauber Petronas C23.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 27 August 2004

The Sauber team will race on Michelin tyres next season, ending a six-year relationship with rival suppliers Bridgestone.

The new agreement comes into effect immediately and Sauber will conduct their first test with Michelin between November 24 and 26 in Barcelona.

"I'm very pleased that we were able to sign this contract with Michelin and I'm looking forward to a successful co-operation,” said team boss Peter Sauber. “At the same time I would like to thank Bridgestone for a good partnership during the past six years."

Pierre Dupasquier, Head of Michelin Group's Competition Operations, added: "As we demonstrated in 2004, our technology makes a significant contribution to the performance of Formula One cars equipped by Michelin. I look forward to enabling Sauber Petronas to benefit from this progress."

The announcement leaves Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi as the only Formula One teams using Bridgestone rubber.