Bridgestone to leave F1 after 2010

Updated: November 2, 2009, 12:06 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Bridgestone Corp. plans to stop supplying tires for the Formula One auto racing series in 2011.

A day after the 2009 F1 season ended in Abu Dhabi, Bridgestone, the Japanese company vying with Michelin SCA of France to be the world's biggest tiremaker, announced Monday it wants to focus its resources on core tire businesses.

Company spokesman Makoto Shiomi declined to say the decision was due to a prolonged global slump.

Bridgestone began supplying tires for F1 in 1997 ...

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