Bridgestone tyres will be debuting a brand new intermediate wet-weather tyre at the Monaco Grand Prix this Sunday.
The new softer car tyres have been designed to counter some of the lost aerodynamic grip in wet conditions, prompted by this season’s new regulations.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyres development for Bridgestone, said: “Our new intermediate tyre compound will debut at Monaco and we will use this for the rest of the season.
“It is a softer compound and will allow more mechanical grip, however, the lower downforce from the latest cars means that it is still more of a challenge driving in the wet than before.”
Bridgestone are also breaking with their allocation rationale for this season, by bringing adjacent compounds to Monte Carlo.
Mr Hamashima added: “In Monaco, there is a change to our allocation philosophy due to the unique characteristics of this smooth and slippery track.
“This means we will bring the super soft and soft tyres, which are next to each other in terms of softness, and also from our low temperature working range family.