This weekend’s European Grand Prix will take place at a new venue with the Formula One drivers taking to the streets of Valencia, in Spain. The sense of occasion will be heightened by the fact that this will be the 200th Grand Prix appearance by Bridgestone tyres.
Bridgestone’s 1st appearance was in 1997, at the Australian Grand Prix, and they now have a monopoly on the event, providing tyres to all the competing teams. The company is looking forward to the challenge posed by the new street circuit, and has stated that they will supply the teams with two of the softest tyre compounds available.
The director of Bridgestone Motorsport tyre development, Hirohide Hamashima, has stated on the Formula One website that he expects grip levels to improve over the weekend. Temperatures are expected to be high, and it will be important for the race teams, and Bridgestone, to monitor the condition of tyres closely, as the race represents a steep learning curve for all concerned.
The new venue, and the tight situation at the top of the Driver’s Championship, will make this a fascinating event.