By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone tyres showed ‘true Japanese grit’ during the thrilling Singapore Grand Prix set against the fabulous night time skyline of the city.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyres development for Bridgestone, said: “Today we saw another very exciting race.
“It was the first time this weekend that we had a completely dry track so there was a lot of track surface evolution. This made the strategies very interesting as we were all watching very closely to see how both compounds would perform.
“We could certainly see differences with tyre wear and degradation from different cars, car set-ups and driving styles.
“Both Fernando and Sebastian managed their tyres very well with very similar strategies meaning a very close battle between them for the entire race. Mark showed the durability of the medium compound by completing almost all of the race distance on the same set of tyres.
“Not only did Mark’s tyres continue to deliver strong performance, but they also withstood the contact with Lewis. In this contact the front right tyre sidewall was pushed out of alignment with the rim, yet it retained its inner pressure for the rest of the race.
“We can say that this tyre displayed true Japanese grit today.”
Hiroshi Yasukawa, director of Bridgestone Motorsport added: “Congratulations to Fernando Alonso and Ferrari for their second win in a row. Congratulations also to the organisers of the Singapore for putting for such a great spectacle.
“This race is very tough for teams and drivers but it gives us one of the most exciting events for fans and spectators set against the fabulous night time skyline of Singapore.
“I think that this will continue to be a strong event for Formula 1 with many new fans here. I believe that the Bridgestone brand has been promoted very well from here to the outside world.”