The first Korean Grand Prix was full of ‘drama and anticipation’ according to Bridgestone tyres.
Appalling weather conditions played havoc with the tyres at Yeongam and poor visibility made driving conditions extra challenging for the drivers.
Fernando Alonso stormed home first for Ferrari, followed by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in second, another good result for Ferrari with Felipe Massa in third and Michael Schumacher taking fourth for Mercedes. Jenson Button admitted is hopes of retaining his world champion title look all but over, as he only managed 12th place.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyres development for the Japanese tyres manufacturer, said: “There was so much drama and anticipation today!
“The delays were frustrating for all but safety is everyone’s primary concern and the visibility was too poor to race. Both the intermediate and wet tyre performed very well and we saw Fernando manage his tyres excellently to maintain good pace right to the finish line. This was Bridgestone’s first and last Korean Grand Prix and I will be proud of the performance of all of our specifications of tyres over the weekend here in Yeongam.”
Hiroshi Yasukawa, director of Bridgestone motorsport, added: “Today we witnessed a great first ever Korean Grand Prix and I am proud of Bridgestone’s contribution.
“Congratulations to Fernando and Ferrari for their win and also to Lewis for his good charge to second place. Also it is good to see Felipe back on the podium and Michael finish in fourth.
“This was a tough event and I must praise the FIA, the organisers, officials and marshals at the track as well as the teams for maintaining professionalism throughout.
“The organisers have done a fantastic job to bring Formula 1 to this new and exciting market and I think many fans here and around the world enjoyed this superb race.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team