Bridgestone announces final 2010 tyre selections
F1's official tyre supplier Bridgestone has announced the compounds it will bring to the final four rounds of the 2010 season, before withdrawing from the sport after the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In line with most other races this year, Bridgestone's selections feature a one-step difference in compounds.
For the Japanese Grand Prix next month, Bridgestone will bring the soft and hard compounds, as it did last year, while they will also leave their allocation of super-soft and medium compound slicks unchanged from 2009 for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Having brought a conservative selection of soft and medium tyres to the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year, the Japanese supplier has moved to a super-soft and medium allocation for 2010.
The soft and hard compound tyres will be used for October's inaugural Korean Grand Prix, a relatively conservative route given that Bridgestone has no past data to guide their engineers.
"The most interesting question for these final allocations is which tyres will we bring to Korea? As always for a new race we work closely with the FIA, the circuit and the teams to reach our decision but in addition to all this information we always have safety in mind so our allocation for the first race in Korea will naturally be on the conservative side," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's head of motorsport tyre development.
"The tyres for Korea are currently being shipped to the track and we are very interested to see this new facility when we go there in seven weeks time.
"Suzuka puts the tyres through a tough workout so we have the harder combination of hard and soft, whilst Sao Paulo and Yas Marina suit the softer combination of super soft and medium," he continued. "Due to the nature of the tracks, there were no further opportunities for a hard – super soft allocation, although we did evaluate this after the lessons learnt at Hockenheim."