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Korean manufacturers in Formula 1?

Sport Published the 22/02/2010

Rumours abound. Following the announcement of Bridgestone's withdrawal from Formula1, the two Korean manufacturers, Kumho and Hankook have indicated their interest in taking on the role of official supplier to Formula1.

Both brands would like to try their hand at it but are still hesitating to join the ranks of Formula1, given the  costs and the return on their image, which they deem insufficient still. On their part, the managers of Formula1 seem to prefer maintaining Bridgestone and envisage changing some rules, such as reducing the number of tyre sets allocated to each Grand Prix. This modification would substantially reduce the annual expenses of Bridgestone in Formule1, whose budget is estimated at 100 million Euros.