Bridgestone’s last GP2 Series race, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 14 November, will also be their 125th race as official partners to the championship.
Having been the sole tyre supplier to the GP2 Series for the last six years, Bridgestone has worked with many young drivers, a number of whom have graduated to the FIA Formula One World Championship where they have continued to race on Bridgestone Potenza tyres.
In addition to the main series, Bridgestone has also supported the GP2 Asia Series since 2008, backing three seasons of the Asia based championship which has traditionally provided GP2 drivers with extra track time ahead of the full GP2 season.
Heading into Bridgestone’s final Formula One and GP2 race weekend, Mr Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Bridgestone Motorsport, reflects on the success of the Bridgestone-backed GP2 Series.
Quote from Mr Hiroshi Yasukawa – Director of Bridgestone Motorsport
“Bridgestone has had the honour of being an official partner to the GP2 Series for the last six years.
“We have been able to showcase our tyre technology through this highly-regarded championship and are proud to have seen so many talents graduate from GP2 to Formula One including this season’s official F1 drivers; Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock, Heikki Kovalainen, Sébastien Buemi, Kamui Kobayashi, Nico Hϋlkenberg, Vitaly Petrov, Lucas di Grassi, Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok. Giorgio Pantano, Scott Speed, Gianmaria Bruni, Kazuki Nakajima, Nelson Piquet and Romain Grosjean are also well known names that have raced in both series on Bridgestone tyres.
“Congratulations to this year’s GP2 Champion Pastor Maldonado for an outstanding season with Rapax.
“Bridgestone’s involvement in GP2 has been an invaluable experience for both the company and our staff. Our participation in both Formula One and GP2 has been exceptionally beneficial to the development of our Potenza tyre, with the knowledge gained by our Bridgestone engineers through our racing programme being transferred to the production of our road tyres.
“We wish the GP2 Series continued success and we thank the championship founders Bernie Ecclestone, Bruno Michel and the GP2 Series staff for the prestigious partnership that Bridgestone has enjoyed since 2005.”