By Alex Kapadia
With just weeks to go before the Formula One season kicks off, it looks like Bridgestone may have come up with a ‘green’ solution to the problem of how to visibly set its two slick tyres compounds apart.
The arrival of slick tyres on the scene for 2009 has forced the Japanese manufacturers to come up with a new method of differentiating the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ compounds. Last year they painted the inside of one of the four grooves white, so that so that the spectators could easily identify which type of tyre a driver was using.
But the front-running solution, which is to paint thin green lines circling both the inner and outer sidewalls on the front tyres and the inner sidewalls on the rear, was in evidence as five teams took to the Spanish test circuit yesterday (Wednesday)
With just over 40 days to go until the drivers line up on the grid at Melbourne, the cars of Nelson Piquet (Renault) and Kazuki Nakajima (Williams), were both sporting the green lines.