Bridgestone opt to take super-softs to Valencia 13 Jun 2008
This season Valencia makes its first appearance on the Formula One calendar and, after studying data from the first seven races of the season, Bridgestone have announced plans to take their super-soft and soft tyre compounds to the new Spanish street circuit, which will host the European Grand Prix in August.
Valencia, of course, is a new street track and we do not have any previous data, and there is none from other race series," explained Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone Motorsports director of motorsport tyre development. "It will be interesting for everyone concerned to learn the track characteristics here."
The Japanese company also confirmed that they have selected their hard and medium tyres for July's German Grand Prix. The same rubber will be taken to the Belgian and Italian events, despite the use of softer compounds at both races last season.
For Spa and Monza we have moved the allocation a position harder and will bring the hard and medium compounds, instead of the medium and soft used in 2007," added Hamashima. "We have made this change after analysing the data from last year, as these tracks were harsher than we had predicted.
Bridgestone will announce their tyre allocations for the final four races of the 2008 season later in the year.
Tyre compounds for the first 14 Grands Prix of 2008:
Australia - soft, medium
Malaysia - medium, hard
Bahrain - soft, medium
Spain - medium, hard
Turkey - medium, hard
Monaco - super-soft, soft
Canada - super-soft, soft
France - soft, medium
Britain - medium, hard
Germany - medium, hard
Hungary - super-soft, soft
Europe - super-soft, soft
Belgium - medium, hard
Italy - medium, hard