Tyre allocations for China, Spain, Monaco & Turkey 24 Mar 2010
Bridgestone have announced the compound allocations of their Potenza tyres for a further four rounds of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Notifications of the compounds to be brought to the Chinese, Spanish, Monaco and Turkish Grands Prix have been made to the teams. The concept of leaving a compound step between the two allocated dry tyre types for an event is retained for all of these races, including Monaco, where the super soft, and for the first time, the medium compound will be used.
Deciding which tyres to bring to a Grand Prix is always a difficult decision, especially as we dont receive advance notification of the exact weather we will see at the race circuit over the three days of running, said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestones head of motorsport tyre development.
Tyre performance in Bahrain was good, however we remain vigilant and safety is the overriding concern for us. Shanghai and Barcelona are both quite severe circuits and Istanbul, as we have seen in the past is particularly severe. This is why we are bringing the hardest allocation whilst still leaving a gap in our range between the two compounds.
For Monaco this year we will have a gap in the allocation too, which is a change from the two softest compounds which we have brought here previously. We have a harder prime compound for Monaco because of the heavier fuel loads and longer stint lengths that the current rules encourage. We believe this allocation should provide a reasonable and interesting difference between prime and option tyres for this event.
Tyre compounds for the 2010 season:
Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir) - super soft, medium
Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne) - soft, hard
Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang) - soft, hard
Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai) - soft, hard
Spanish Grand Prix (Barcelona) - soft, hard
Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo) - super soft, medium
Turkish Grand Prix (Istanbul) - soft, hard