Formula One teams will face a big challenge when it comes to tyres strategy at the Turkish Grand Prix today, according to Bridgestone.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone tyres, said after yesterdays practice and qualifying session: “The changing temperatures made finding the best set-up even more difficult for the teams at this venue where this is already a challenge due to the track surface evolution over the weekend.
“The difficult to judge grip levels meant that many people found the limit as they danced on the edge of adhesion today. Mark Webber proved the best at this when it mattered most, so congratulations to him for his third pole in a row.”
Hamashima warned that track surface evolution will continue to be a factor today. He said: “Judging when which tyre compound will deliver the best performance during the course of the race will be tough.
“The difference between the soft and the hard compound is difficult to tell here as they are very close, and the track conditions and temperatures have been changing.
“This is a big challenge for teams and drivers. Our microscopic analysis of yesterday’s tyres did not highlight anything untoward, however teams and Bridgestone will remain vigilant as we face Turn Eight for the 58 laps of tomorrow’s race.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team