Bridgestone will be bringing medium and soft tyres to the first ever race meeting at the Yas Marina circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyres development for the Japanese tyres manufacturer, said: “The circuit layout is a typical stop and go street course so there will be traction demands.
“As with any new surface we can expect the possibility of graining early in the weekend. We have brought the medium and soft compound Bridgestone Potenza tyres as they sit in the middle of our tyre range.
“It is difficult to know exactly what the temperatures will be, especially the track surface temperature with such a dark new surface.”
He added: “We work very closely with the circuit and teams with simulations and evaluations of the layout, and we have been working with a sample of the track surface.
“We will also have some data from the GP2 Asia Series test which takes place the week before the Grand Prix. In terms of expected lateral forces we can say that the circuit is similar to Valencia.
“The track surface is similar to Barcelona or Fuji. Our ambient temperature predictions place Abu Dhabi as being similar to Bahrain. The track is new so very dark in colour, meaning it could get quite hot. We expect to see a lot of surface evolution.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team