By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone have announced which tyres will be available to Formula One teams until this season’s Turkish Grand Prix.
The Japanese tyres manufacturer revealed last month that it would bring the soft and hard compounds to this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, and it has now confirmed the choices for the five races after Melbourne.
The soft and hard options are the choice for Malaysia, China, Spain and Turkey, with the super soft and medium compounds for Monaco.
Hirohide Hamashima, head of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “Deciding which tyres to bring to a grand prix is always a difficult decision, especially as we don’t receive advanced notification of the exact weather we will see at the race circuit over the three days of running.
“Tyre performance in Bahrain was good, however we remain vigilant and safety is the overriding concern for us.
“Shanghai and Barcelona are both quite severe circuits and Istanbul, as we have seen in the past is particularly severe. This is why we are bringing the hardest allocation, while still leaving a gap in our range between the two compounds.
“For Monaco this year we will have a gap in the allocation too, which is a change from the two softest compounds which we have brought here previously.
“We have a harder prime compound for Monaco because of the heavier fuel loads and longer stint lengths that the current rules encourage. We believe this allocation should provide a reasonable and interesting difference between prime and option tyres for this event.”