Bridgestone tyres delighted with their swansong British Grand Prix

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Bridgestone were delighted with the way their tyres performed at their last British Grand Prix before they quit the sport at the end of the season.

Hiroshi Yasukawa, director of motorsport for the Japanese tyres manufacturer, said: “Firstly, congratulations to Mark Webber and the Red Bull Racing team for their fantastic result and also to Silverstone, the home of British motorsport, for putting on an excellent event this weekend.

“Even in our final year of Formula One we are still learning many things, so to race on this new Silverstone layout was a thrill for us. We had many guests here from our British sales company and also numerous friends and families from our team so this was a great day for us.”

Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, added: “Today we saw both compounds working well even at this severe Silverstone circuit.

“The new layout was an interesting and tough challenge for us and the drivers. There was excitement all over the weekend as everyone learnt the best approach here.

“The severity of the layout was illustrated by blistering on the front left tyres in the race. We saw punctures from contact which is something in the nature of motor racing. We also saw an additional pit stop because of flat spotted tyres and other strategic reasons.

“Thank you to Silverstone and the British public for a fantastic day here.”

Alex Kapadia, Operations Team

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