Bridgestone has confirmed that its plans to leave F1 at season’s end have not changed.

Following Michelin’s departure at the end of the 2006 season, Bridgestone has held the position of F1’s sole tyre supplier, but announced last November that it would leave F1 at the end of the upcoming season.

Some gossip linked Kumho and Hankook to possible tyre supply deals for 2011, but seemingly nothing has emerged from either of those camps and it would be logical to assume nothing ever will.

Michelin looks the most likely bet to return, but has also recently said that it would only do so if it were allowed to promote its environmentally-friendly initiatives at the same time.

Some recent reports in the Spanish press had suggested that the FIA was seeking means to keep Bridgestone in the sport, but the Japanese tyre company has insisted it will not change its plans.

"[We] will not enter into a new tyre supply contract with the FIA Formula One World Championship series; the current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2010 season," a spokesperson has said.

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