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Bridgestone revise tyre markings for Malaysia 02 Apr 2007

Alex Wurz (AUT) Williams FW29 runs new tyres with red dots on the sidewalls and a white line around the tread. Formula One Testing, Day One, Sepang, Malaysia, Tuesday, 27 March 2007. World © Sutton

The softer tyre compound used in Malaysia this weekend will be marked by a white line painted within one of the grooves, Bridgestone have confirmed. The Japanese tyre supplier assessed the new marking system during last week’s test in Sepang, after the white dot used at the opening round in Australia was considered too difficult to spot.

"We have found a better solution by marking the bottom of the second from inside tyre groove white,” explained Kees van de Grint, Bridgestone’s head of track engineering operations. “This has received a positive response from teams and onlookers at the test. It is time consuming to apply to the tyres but is clearly visible on track."

In line with the 2007 regulations, all drivers must use both the hard and soft tyres supplied by Bridgestone during each race. It is hoped that the revised markings will enable fans to differentiate between the two compounds more easily.