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Kumho Tires: A Possible Bridgestone Replacement

In my search for reactions to the big Bridgestone announcement—reactions that still are not forthcoming—I found a piece in the Ireland-based Independent . Along with calling the tire manufacturer’s exit “the first major crisis” for Jean Todt (add to it Toyota’s exit), the paper also suggests that South Korean tire maker Kumho could fill the gap, given South Korea’s addition to the calendar. It makes sense, and it also reaffirms that Bridgestone’s leadership probably was disillusioned with the lack of an American stop on the F1 season. Here are a few highlights: THE new FIA president, Jean Todt, faced the first major crisis of his tenure when Bridgestone said yesterday it will be withdrawing as the official tire supplier...

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