Bridgestone pair hard tyres with super softs for Hockenheim 21 Jun 2010
Bridgestone will take the unusual step of bringing tyres from opposing ends of their dry-weather compound range to next months German Grand Prix. It means there will be two steps, rather than the usual one, between rubber types at Hockenheim.
The characteristics of the circuit allow us to bring the compounds from the extremes of our softness range, explained Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestones Head of Motorsport Tyre Development. This will give us very good data for evaluation and will be interesting for those who have called for a bigger difference between the allocated tyres.
The news came as Bridgestone revealed the tyre compounds that will be allocated to the teams for a further five rounds of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, also covering Hungary, Belgium, Italy and Singapore.
The Hungaroring requires a softer allocation as finding grip is always a target there, added Hamashima. Spa and Monza are high speed tests for cars and tyres, needing a harder allocation because of the heat durability requirements. Singapore is a high-speed street course where the softer allocation is suited."
Tyre compounds for the 2010 season:
Bahrain (Sakhir) - super soft, medium
Australia (Melbourne) - soft, hard
Malaysia (Sepang) - soft, hard
China (Shanghai) - soft, hard
Spain (Barcelona) - soft, hard
Monaco (Monte Carlo) - super soft, medium
Turkey (Istanbul) - soft, hard
Canada (Montreal) - super soft, medium
Europe (Valencia) - super soft, medium
Great Britain (Silverstone) - soft, hard
Germany (Hockenheim) - super soft, hard
Hungary (Hungaroring) - super soft, medium
Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) - soft, hard
Italy (Monza) - soft, hard
Singapore (Singapore) - super soft, medium