Bridgestone has altered the choice of tyre compounds on offer for five forthcoming races on the F1 calendar.
The move is an attempt to re-create the conditions which produced an unpredictable and exciting race in Canada last week.
In the German Grand Prix drivers will have to use both the super-soft and hard tyres during the race for the first time ever.
It will also be the first time F1 has raced on the current configuration of the Hockenheim circuit using slick tyres.
Bridgestone has also changed its tyre allocation for the Hungarian, Belgian, Italian and Singapore Grands Prix compared to what were used last year.
At the Hungaroring the super-soft and medium tyres will be used instead of super-soft and soft compounds.
At Spa-Francorchamps and Monza Bridgestone will supply soft and hard tyres where last year soft and medium compounds were used.
And at Singapore the choice of tyres will be super-soft and medium – last year the teams had super-soft and soft tyres.
Bridgestone’s head of motorsport tyre development Hirohide Hamashima said:
The major interest of this allocation announcement is that we are bringing the hard and super soft compounds to Germany. 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 tyres.
Complete 2010 F1 tyre allocations so far
|Circuit||2010 tyres||2009 tyres|
|Bahrain||Medium / Super Soft||Medium / Super Soft|
|Albert Park||Hard / Soft||Medium / Super Soft|
|Sepang||Hard / Soft||Hard / Soft|
|Shanghai||Hard / Soft||Medium / Super soft|
|Barcelona||Hard / Soft||Hard / Soft|
|Monte-Carlo||Medium / Super Soft||Soft / Super soft|
|Istanbul||Hard / Soft||Hard / Soft|
|Montreal||Medium / Super Soft||N/A|
|Valencia||Medium / Super Soft||Soft / Super Soft|
|Silverstone||Hard / Soft||Hard / Soft|
|Hockenheimring||Hard / Super-Soft||N/A|
|Hungaroring||Medium / Super-Soft||Soft / Super-Soft|
|Spa-Francorchamps||Hard / Soft||Medium / Soft|
|Monza||Hard / Soft||Medium / Soft|
|Singapore||Medium / Super-Soft||Soft / Super-Soft|
Allocations announced previously in italics
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