This weekends Japanese Grand Prix marks a special race for Bridgestone tyres, because it is on their home ground.
The sole tyres supplier to Formula One will be bringing hard and soft tyres to the Suzuka circuit, which is a return to the concept of leaving a gap between allocated compounds.
Hiroshi Yasukawa, director of Bridgestone Motorsport, said they are keen to make an impression over the weekend.
He said: “Bridgestone is a Japanese company so our home Grand Prix has special importance for us.
“It is also good to return to Suzuka as this venue has been the scene of so many great battles over the years.”
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, added: “We last visited Suzuka in 2006 and a lot has changed in Formula One since then, so teams will have to work hard to understand the circuit with the latest specification cars and tyres.
“For the younger drivers this will be the first time they visit this circuit so they are set for a delight. The configuration is unique as it is a figure of eight and there are several high speed corners as well as a hairpin, so there is a lot to consider for car set-up and in the race.
“Interestingly, around half of the track has been resurfaced. The new surface on the east side is very smooth and gives good grip. The older surface on the west side gives less grip than the newer surface on the east side.
“We will not know exactly how this will affect performance until the cars are running, but it certainly will be a consideration.
“The circuit layout tests all four corners of the car so a good all-round set-up will need to be found. The best set-up will be the one which allows the best traction, grip and enable quick change of direction from the tyres.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team