Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2011

Ferrari recruit top Bridgestone tyre technician

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2011
Tyre warm-up was a persistent problem for Ferrari last year

Ferrari has recruited former Bridgestone technical director Hirohide Hamashima to improve its understanding of tyre performance.

Ferrari suffered persistent problems getting the harder of Pirelli’s tyre compounds to work with its car in 2011.

Hamashima oversaw Bridgestone’s supply of tyres in F1 until the manufacturer left at the end of 2010. He will report to technical director Pat Fry along with another new hiring, Steve Clark.

Clark, who takes the role of track engineer, joins the team from Mercedes.

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