Bridgestone: soft and medium tyres for 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix 

Written by David on March 28th, 2008 at 5:36 pmLast Update: March 17th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

BridgestoneBridgestone Motorsport has opted for soft and medium compound Potenza Formula One tyres for the 2008 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 6th. The circuit designed by Hermann Tilke and long 5.41 km features a diverse 15 turns. It is one of the toughest circuits on brakes visited during the course of the season, and the weather conditions are usually hot and dry, meaning that cars and drivers face a severe test.

Finding traction is crucial in Bahrain with the circuit layout seeing a number of tight corners leading on to short straights. With no traction control in 2008, and the high demands for traction, this circuit could be the best illustration so far of just how well teams and drivers have adapted to the latest rules.

Where traction is not optimized, spinning the wheels or sliding can occur which causes additional heat in the tyres. That’s why tyre management and minimising unnecessary tyre heat is an important consideration for competitors here.

After reviewing data from the 2007 race, there is a change to tyre allocation for this year’s race. Last year Bridgestone brought the hard and medium compound Potenza tyres to Bahrain, whereas this year it’s the soft and medium compounds. This brings an additional challenge for teams and drivers to learn and maximize the potential of the soft compound on this track.

Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone Motorsport: Bahrain is a challenging circuit and this will also be an interesting event as only two teams have tested here before the start of the season. After reviewing our data from last year we have changed the tyre allocation for this grand prix. The data showed we could go one position softer so we will use the soft and medium compound Potenza tyres this season. This will mean teams have less data than they have done for the previous two grands prix, where the allocations were the same as in 2007. A lap of the Bahrain International Circuit is exciting, and traction out of the slower corners is crucial for a good lap. As this is a ‘traction’ circuit it will be interesting for drivers to find the best balance without the assistance of traction control. Just as last season, we should see some thrilling racing in Bahrain.”

source: Bridgestone Motorsport

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