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Soft and super-softs for Montreal 05 Jun 2007

Bridgestone tyres.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Monaco Grand Prix, Preparations, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Bridgestone will be bringing their softest tyre compounds to this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix - even though making them survive on the rarely-used Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve could prove tough.

Bridgestone ran the same two compounds at the last round in Monaco, a track which at first glance looks far removed from its Montreal counterpart. The two venues do, however, have some features in common.

“Similar to Monte Carlo, being more or less a street circuit, Montreal is not used many times so it's very dusty and very slippery, which is why we've opted for the soft and super soft compounds,” explained Kees van de Grint, Bridgestone’s Head of Track Engineering Operations.

That is where the similarities end, though. With long straights followed by tight corners, the heavy braking requirements in Canada could have an important effect on tyre wear.

“There's a lot of heat generated and because of this we can also expect high temperatures in the tyres,” added van de Grint. “It will be a bit of a challenge to make the tyres survive on this track, especially at the beginning of the weekend with the high speeds and the expected high temperatures."

Current forecasts suggest an ambient high of around 24 degrees Celsius for Sunday’s Grand Prix - a lot cooler than last year’s race, which peaked at 32.