Jun.21 (GMM) Bridgestone is taking a radical approach to next month’s German grand prix.
After extreme degradation and graining was credited for spicing up the recent Canadian grand prix, many paddock regulars suggested that it is the sport’s approach to tyres that that should be targeted for producing more exciting races.
F1’s sole tyre supplier announced on Monday that for the Hockenheim round late next month, the compounds on offer will be vastly different.
Both supplied compounds must be used at least once during grands prix, and in Germany, they will be the Montreal-spec ‘super soft’ as well as Bridgestone’s hardest tyre.
It is the first time there have been two hardness steps between the supplied compounds.
“The characteristics of the Hockenheim circuit allow us to bring the compounds from the extremes of our softness range,” confirmed head of development Hirohide Hamashima.
“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.”
He explained that a similar approach was not possible for the subsequent Hungarian, Belgian, Italian and Singapore rounds.
“The Hungaroring requires a softer allocation as finding grip is always a target there. 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,” said Hamashima.
Bridgestone said the compound allocation for the final five rounds of 2010 will be made later in the year.