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Tires figure to play major role in F1 title race

Updated: August 1, 2006, 2:43 PM ET
By Michael Kelley | Special to ESPN.com

A well-timed improvement by Bridgestone's racing tires and a curiously timed decision by Formula One's governing body have led to a turnabout in both of the sport's championships as the season enters its final third.

Bridgestone, for its part, has closed the gap to rival Michelin regarding the performance of its tires in hot conditions, helping Ferrari and Michael Schumacher to three consecutive victories and reducing that team's arrears in the drivers' and constructors' standings ...

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