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. Allow the teams to use one compound for the race, at their discretion. Start the race on the compound you qualified with. Let’s see who can get the most out of the longest lasting tire, and who will have to stop for new tires.

    Mandating use of two compounds should go the way of refueling: Out!

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