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Bridgestone conclude Bahrain preparations 27 Feb 2006

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 23-27 January 2006. World ©  Capilitan/Sutton Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF106 leaves the garage for the first time in the new car. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 28 November - 2 December 2005. World ©  Capilitan/Sutton Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1. Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 21-24 February 2006. World © Sutton Alex Wurz (AUT) Williams test driver. Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, 31 January - 3 February 2006. World ©  Capilitan/Sutton Christijan Albers (NED) MF1 Toyota M16. Midland MF1 Racing Launch, Silverstone, England, 3 February 2006. World ©  Bumstead/Sutton

Following last week’s Barcelona test, Formula One tyre suppliers Bridgestone say they are now ready for their teams - Ferrari, Toyota, Williams, MF1 and Super Aguri - to make their tyre choices for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

"Having concluded the data gathering our teams will now make their final decision in conjunction with Bridgestone,” confirmed test operations manager, Kazuyuki Hamamura.

Bridgestone experienced a difficult 2005, but with more teams on board for the new season, they are in optimistic mood for 2006. Over the winter they have been testing numerous new constructions and are confident that some of these will debut in Bahrain next month.

“The new construction improves many aspects of the tyres, including grip and consistency, and our teams have been simulating race distances to determine the best specifications for the start of the season," explained Hamamura.

The cold conditions in Europe over the winter have not been ideal for compound work, although Bridgestone have had the benefit of Ferrari’s recent test at the Bahrain International Circuit, where temperatures were far more indicative of conditions the teams will face at the start of the season. This data has been shared between the other Bridgestone teams.

"The data from this test is very useful for all our teams,” said Hamamura. “This system has been a major improvement to our development this winter and has been working very well.

"In addition to our construction development we now have several options available for both the soft and hard compound positions for Bahrain and we are all looking forward to putting the various elements together with the packages and seeing their performances."

Hamamura concluded: "I hope that all our hard work and the work of our teams will be rewarded. You can never be 100 percent happy but we believe that it will be a very close, exciting and competitive season."

Bridgestone's teams will make their final pre-season preparations this week, with Ferrari expected to run at Mugello in Italy, Toyota and Williams at Valencia in Spain and MF1 Racing and Super Aguri at Silverstone in the UK.