Schumacher and Bridgestone Win European Grand Prix
Michael Schumacher Bridgestone-shod Ferrari has won the European GP in front of home crowds to give Bridgestone its 97th win since entering Formula One in 1997. The result was Schumacher’s 86th win of his career. After a race-long battle, Schumacher beat the Michelin equipped Renault of Fernando Alonso into second place. Ferrari and Bridgestone’s Felipe Massa completed the podium.
Hisao Suganuma, technical manager of Bridgestone motorsport, said: “We’re delighted to see Michael win here at his home grand prix as the tyres have been performing well this weekend. Massa was also able to use the tyres to his best advantage and take third place. What was particularly pleasing, however, was that it was not only the two Ferraris but also WilliamsF1’s Nico Rosberg and Toyota’s Ralf Schumacher who also had strong races. Nico’s climb from the back of the grid to seventh place showed very solid driving. It’s just a shame that Mark Webber didn’t finish as he could well have finished in the top six. From a tyre performance point of view we are pleased.”