Bridgestone Confirms 2-Step Gap in Tires for Germany
Back in Montreal, everyone praised the level of show disclosed by the F1 teams & drivers throughout the one and a half hour of Sunday action. As the tire allocation for that race was the single most important factor in creating a more dynamic, full-of-overtaking race, the Japanese tire maker promised that it would switch to a more aggressive approach for the second part of the season.
When announcing the tire allocation for the races in Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Italy and Singapore, one could clearly notice that the teams will have to choose between super-soft and hard tires at Hockenheim. That 2-step gap between tire compound will only refer to Germany however, as Bridgestone will switch to single-step gap for the race in Hungary and Singapore (super-soft/medium), and consecutive compounds for Belgium and Italy (medium/hard).
“The characteristics of the Hockenheim circuit allow us to bring the compounds from the extremes of our softness range. 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 tires,” said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's head of motorsport tire development, via an official statement.
“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,” further explained the Japanese official.