Bridgestone changes tyre choices for five rounds to produce more exciting races

Teams' tyre choices are set to get trickier

Teams' tyre choices are set to get trickier

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.
Hirohide Hamashima

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

Do you think the change in tyre options will produce more exciting races? Is this a good move by Bridgestone? Have your say in the comments.

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66 comments on Bridgestone changes tyre choices for five rounds to produce more exciting races

  1. David BR said on 21st June 2010, 17:22

    Eh, safety? Increased tyre wear and closer, intenser races with people (drivers and teams) consequently taking more marginal calls and higher risks surely equals some blow outs at some point in the season. Just saying like.

    Other than that, kind of okay, though seems gimmicky. McLaren better sort out their pit stops.

  2. MtlRacer said on 21st June 2010, 17:32

    I hope it works… but wasn’t one of the biggest factors about Montreal how clean the track was? I heard a lot of discussion about how there was no rubber on the track.
    What if the circuits where scrubbed clean during the race weekend? Apart from making the track less predictable for the drivers, wouldn’t this also reduce the advantage difference between the racing line and off-line, therefore making passing easier?

    • That’s an interesting idea, cleaning the circuit during the race weekend, and reducing the level of grip on the circuit resulting from rubber build up from other races. I think you’re right regarding passing, if the grip level on and off the racing line is close to equal then drivers should be able to use the non racing line to make a pass without hitting the marbles.

  3. In general bringing tyres much further apart should allow for alternative strategies and that should be a ‘good thing’.

    I suspect what it will mean though is that the top ten will end up on super-softs and will be 5 or so seconds per lap faster than those who start on hard tyres. The SSs will fall apart after seven laps by which time the top ten will be so far ahead that they will have a pit stop in hand and from thence the mediocrity ensues.

    While the theory may be that some top ten teams will then switch to hard and go the distance while others will do numerous extra stops but race hard the whole way, I suspect there will be a clear strategy choice that most will end up following.

    Happy to be proved wrong though and, let’s be honest, it can’t really make it worse can it?

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 21st June 2010, 18:39

    At least after the Turkey – Canada races everybody thinks again about taking knee jerk actions ( )

    The tyre strategy might be a step in the right direction, something we discussed at the start of the season, but deemed Bridgestone not to want to go with it. Great they give it a chance now.

  5. Chaz (@chaz) said on 21st June 2010, 19:50

    Great news. Thank you bridgestone…

  6. rampante (@rampante) said on 21st June 2010, 19:50

    Is it only me who thinks the playstation generation is taking over?
    Drivers should race in cars prepared by teams who feel they have done the best they can. Not to have one of the most important factors messed about with. What next clown cars with side panels falling off.

    • Mike-e said on 22nd June 2010, 2:02

      the “playstation generation” as you put it are the future viewing public, future racing drivers, future engineers, future heads of the FIA. In fact, said generation already have an F1 world champion in lewis hamilton….

      The fact is if left to its own devices the cars would follow each other around in a line at 700mph and that wouldn’t be exciting to watch over and over again.

      Stop being an old man, one day you’ll look back at the current season with rose tinted glasses.

      • rampante (@rampante) said on 22nd June 2010, 7:48

        It’s got nothing to do with age, it’s got to do with keeping within the parameters of the sport. Why not give them power up’s and rockets to fire. This season has been very good so far but us ”old men” remember many of them and have seen how you can also mess up the sport.

  7. Varun Mehta said on 21st June 2010, 20:06

    If they want to “improve the show” by changing the tyre choices, I say let them do it. Far better than the “fuel corrected” we had to hear last year.

  8. xtophe (@xtophe) said on 21st June 2010, 20:13

    I don’t really know if the super-soft/medium combination is the solution. Sakhir and Monaco had the same specifications. Surely the track(surface) plays a huge part aswell.

  9. chaostheory said on 21st June 2010, 21:24

    Sounds arificially, like some ‘reality’ TV show: “and now, to make things different and more interesting, we’ll give you skates instead of tires”. From this point of view it seems right to have more than one tire supplier – it would be more serious :P But on the other hand – let them try, we have nothing to loose :P

  10. Eric said on 22nd June 2010, 6:09

    Seems interesting Bridgestone shakes up the tire choices as McLaren and Red Bull pull away from Alonzo and Massa.

  11. Yorricksfriend said on 22nd June 2010, 7:40

    I want to see a race, not a tyre war. This is a bad idea and a poor decision.

  12. Alex Thompson said on 22nd June 2010, 8:39

    If only Bridgestone had realised this at the beginning of the season with the rest of us :-(

  13. Horacio said on 22nd June 2010, 15:42

    Am I the only one to consider ridiculous the introduction of such an artificial mean to have an interesting race?
    If this is the idea, why not force the teams/drivers to go 20 laps on diesel/ethanol or whatever and the rest with gasoline? Or 15 laps with street-standard brake discs? Or 25 laps without one spark plug?
    I truly appreciate B’stone’s effort to bring something new to improve the show, in particular after what we saw at Canada, where the rubber resistance was a key factor. But to introduce things like this is a joke, IMO.
    Let the teams and drivers choose whatever tyre they want, so we can see two, three or four different race strategies on the track.

  14. I think the Soft/Hard combinations or SuperSoft/Hard are likely to produce super qualifying laps on Soft followed by a pit stop on lap 3 and the rest of the race on the super durable Hard.
    I doubt the Soft will make enough difference to make in worth while to stay on them and make an extra stop.

    I’m not all that convinced marginal tyres are the answer to everything. Another Bahrain type knee jerk reaction but in the opposite way. Sure, a guy on good tyres can overtake a guy on nackered tyres, but what we want is 2 guys running at the same speed having a realistic chance of getting past each other.

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