Woking, UK, Tuesday October 30 2001: McLaren International today announced that it has been agreed that Bridgestone would cease supplying tyres to the West McLaren Mercedes Formula One team with effect from the end of this year. The Partnership between the two companies commenced in 1998 and lasted for four seasons yielding two Drivers' World Championships and one Constructors' title. Bridgestone's first season with McLaren, which was only their second season in Formula One, saw them assist Mika Hakkinen winning his first Drivers' World Championship in 1998 and West McLaren Mercedes winning the Constructors' Championship with a total of nine Grand Prix wins. The following year, West McLaren Mercedes and Bridgestone repeated the success in the Drivers' World Championship with seven Grands Prix wins. During the four-year Partnership, Bridgestone and McLaren enjoyed a total of 27 Grand Prix victories together.
Martin Whitmarsh, Managing Director, McLaren International
'Bridgestone has been a great partner of McLaren over the last four years and we have enjoyed a high level of success and the best of times together. It has been particularly gratifying to be able to forge strong professional and personal ties between our respective teams. Both Bridgestone and McLaren have derived a great deal from our time together and can both part company satisfied with our respective achievements.'
Norbert Haug, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
'Mercedes-Benz wants to thank Bridgestone for their excellent achievements during the last four years of co-operation. Those years have been very successful with Mika Hakkinen winning two Drivers' World Championship titles on Bridgestone tyres and our team taking one Constructors World Championship and finishing as runner-up three times.'