Bridgestone Keep Tire Gap for German GP
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Although announcing plans to bring consecutive tire allocations starting this very weekend – following several tests and many complaints from the GPDA regarding gap allocations in the first part of the season – the Japanese tire manufacturer will come to “The Ring” with medium and super soft tires. Needless to say, this choice was the result of cold temperatures expected to hit the German GP this weekend.
“Our tire allocation of the medium and super soft Bridgestones should mean exciting racing. Sectors one and three are more demanding on tyre grip, traction and braking performance than in the middle sector, and it is an exciting undulating circuit. The first corner, which has a variety of racing lines, and the chicane provide good overtaking opportunities,” said Hamashima.
“The Nurburgring circuit features an interesting mixture of very fast, medium fast and slow corners, so finding the correct set-up compromise is a challenge for competitors,” added the Japanese official.
Talking about what type of weather should one expect at the foothills of the Eifel mountains this weekend, Hamashima admitted this was always an unknown territory for Bridgestone, who have seen anything from hot temperatures to snow at the Nurburgring track.
“The location of the Nurburgring, in the Eifel region of Germany, does often present unpredictable weather. The time of year should mean quite hot weather, but we have previously seen quite cool temperatures there, even in the summer. When we look back on Bridgestone's history at the Nurburgring, we've even seen snow on a DTM race weekend in April, so we never know quite what to expect!” added Hamashima.
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