By Alex Kapadia
With the new slick tyres remaining at the centre of the Formula 1 action this season, Bridgestone reveal what challenges lay ahead of Bahrain this weekend.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyres development for the Japanese company, said: “Bahrain is a technically interesting circuit. The layout means a lot of braking and a lot of accelerating out of low speed corners.
“Maximising traction out of the corners is the key to a good lap time, but if a car has less than ideal traction, additional unwanted heat can be created, and this will make matters more difficult for competitors.
“There is a lot of heavy braking here too, and it will be interesting to see how the different braking characteristics between the KERS and non-KERS cars affects lap times, and also the racing.”
Medium and the controversial super-soft compounds have been allocated for the fourth race of the season.
Mr Hamashima said: “Tyre management and minimising unnecessary tyre heat in what could be very hot conditions are very important considerations here.
“We have the medium and super soft tyres and we expect the medium tyre to be very durable.
“The super soft should present more of a challenge in terms of durability than the medium, however the data from the Bahrain pre-season tests show that this tyre can be managed well on this track if the correct set-up is found.”