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Toyota in Bridgestone tyre talks 10 Sep 2005

Toyota cars in parc ferme,
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 10 September 2005

The Toyota Formula One team have confirmed that they are in “advanced negotiations” with Bridgestone over tyre supply for 2006, but that no agreement has yet been signed.

Bridgestone rivals Michelin currently supply Toyota, along with another six of the ten teams. However, the French company has already let it be known that they expect to be working with fewer constructors next year and at Spa on Saturday they confirmed that Toyota would not be among them.

In a statement released by the Toyota team in Belgium on Saturday to clarify their position, the Japanese squad said the decision to consider a switch of tyre supplier had been taken by their parent company.