Drivers at the Brazilian Grand Prix will be squaring up for the penultimate race of the season on medium and super-soft tyres this weekend.
The undulating, anti-clockwise Interlagos circuit in San Paulo requires plenty of high grip and the tyres strategy will once again play a key role in deciding the outcome of the race.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “This is a very challenging and exciting circuit.
“The first corner comes at the end of a long straight, and it goes downhill, meaning that finding the correct braking point is difficult.
“We expect to see some overtaking and brake locking here, and this could damage the tyres.
“The circuit surface often starts very dirty and we see a lot of improvement over the weekend.
“As we saw law year, the weather can also be a very big challenge.”
Hamashima added: “”Interlagos is a circuit where high grip is a priority. We have the stiffness gap in our allocations, so teams will have to work out the best set-ups for both tyres, and there should be many strategy considerations and possibilities.
“Traditionally we would see a lot of graining here, due to the initially dirty surface and the twisty infield section, however, this will be less of a factor this season, due to slick tyres being more resistant to graining relative to the grooved tyres we used before.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team