With the Turkish Grand Prix just round the corner the teams are once again turning their attention to their tyres strategy for the race.
The new slick tyres have undoubtedly been one of the key factors in this seasons Formula One races and Bridgestone are supplying soft and hard compounds for the Istanbul circuit.
Tetsuro Kobayashi, technical manager of Bridgestone motorsport, has explained why the right tyre selection is crucial to the success of a team.
He said: “Choosing the wrong tyre strategy or using the wrong tyre for the conditions makes a big difference to a team’s success potential and we have seen this many times in 2009.”
The strategy particularly comes into play when the teams decide which tyres to use for qualifying and the ones to hold back for the race.
Mr Kobayashi explained: “The allocations we bring to each race are designed to have one tyre which is softer and can deliver a fast lap time very early in its usage, but does not maintain this performance.
“The other tyre is harder and should give a more consistent performance, but takes longer before it reaches its fastest lap time.
“This means one tyre should be better for qualifying than in the race. As both tyres have to be used in the race, managing the softer tyre is often a talking point and we hear a lot of talk about drivers looking for grip.”
However, Mr Kobayashi was diplomatic in his response to the question of which team had so far made optimum use of their tyres this season.
He said: “It is difficult to say that any team has made optimum use of the tyres as there is always room for improvement and the teams are developing their cars continually through the season.
“Certainly any team who has been on the podium has made good use of their tyres, but that is not to say that a team who finished third could not have finished first if they used their tyres in a different way.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team