Bridgestone: hard and medium tyres for 2008 German GP 

Written by David on July 15th, 2008 at 9:23 pmLast Update: March 17th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

BridgestoneF1 heads to Germany for the tenth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship where Bridgestone‘s hard and medium Potenza tyres will tackle the diverse turns of the 4.57 km Hockenheim circuit. This will be the first time that Bridgestone’s current range of F1 tyres will be raced at this track, as the event was held at the Nurburgring last season. The hard and medium compound tyres have been chosen due to the harsh nature of the circuit layout and to allow for the wide range of weather conditions which could be seen during this event.

The layout of Hockenheim underwent a major redevelopment before the 2002 race, and Hockenheim no longer possesses the long straights for which it was once so famous. Instead it’s a circuit with a wide range of different corners, ranging from the high speed sweeping Turn Five to the tight hairpin Turn Six.

Of the current Formula One drivers, only Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello have won at Hockenheim, in 2005 and 2000 respectively. This will be the 55th running of the German Grand Prix, and the 30th time the event has taken place at the Hockenheim circuit. Hockenheim was the location of the 100th race win on Bridgestone tyres, when Michael Schumacher took the chequered flag for the Scuderia Ferrari in 2006.

Hirohide Hamashima: “Hockenheim is definitely a compromise circuit. The first sections are mainly high speed, but the stadium complex at the end of a lap is made up of a succession of slower corners. This will be an area where tyre graining can be caused, especially at the beginning of the race weekend. As ever, the weather will be difficult to predict, and we have seen a wide range of conditions at Hockenheim in the past. The hard and medium compounds should deliver strong performance even if it is very hot, although we could see our wet and extreme wet tyres used again at this event. Testing at Hockenheim was a valuable exercise as we have not previously undertaken mileage there with our current range of tyres. The test allowed us to verify the chosen compound allocation, and allowed the teams to work on their set-ups and car developments ahead of the race. Of course, the weather also enabled the teams to assess our wet and extreme wet weather tyres on the Hockenheim circuit too.”

source: Bridgestone 

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