Bridgestone were delighted with the performance of both their hard and soft tyres during the qualifying session for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso set the fastest time to hand Ferrari a home pole position using the Japanese tyres manufacturers soft compound Potenza in blistering hot temperatures at Monza this afternoon.
He set a time of 1 minute 21.962 seconds to deliver up his and the teams first pole position this season.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “Today we saw an exciting qualifying battle and the Italian fans must be very happy with a Ferrari pole position thanks to a great lap by Fernando.
“Although we saw drivers’ fastest laps set on the soft compound the lap time difference between the two compounds here is not very big. This leaves good strategy options for tomorrow’s race and there is also good interest with different car set-ups on the grid.
“Even though we have seen high track and ambient temperatures, both of our allocated compounds look to offer strong performance over a stint duration.
“In terms of strategy, I predict first stops around lap 14, however even those in the top ten who will start on used option tyres could go much further than this without significant performance drop off should they choose to do so.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team