Bridgestone order new wet tyre for Suzuka

Mon, 2 October 2006, 09:26

Bridgestone has decided to bring a different specification of rain tyre to this weekend’s Japanese grand prix after French rival Michelin proved the class in the wet in Shanghai.

Although Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher rose from sixth on the grid to win the Chinese race, he only found pace with intermediate tyres on a drying track.

In Saturday’s sodden qualifying, the German struggled behind five superior Michelin runners, while the majority of the Bridgestone-shod field huddled at the bottom of the order.

The F1 circus is presently on a frantic four-day jump from Shanghai to Suzuka, but it is understood that – in response to Bridgestone’s qualifying nightmare – the company has ordered shipment of an unscheduled specification of rain tyre to Japan.

”All I want to say is that we will try our best to improve,” technical manager Hisao Suganuma said.


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