By Alex Kapadia
Brawn GP ace Jenson Button used a two stop, super soft – soft – soft tyres strategy to win a fast-paced and tactical Monaco Grand Prix yesterday.
Car tyres strategy was particularly relevant in Monte Carlo, with the track surface evolving significantly over the course of the race making it even more difficult than usual to predict the best strategy.
Hirohide Hamashimi, director of motorsport tyres development for Bridgestone, said: “Today was very interesting in terms of tyre strategy.
“Those who started on the super soft Bridgestone experienced a bigger tyre performance drop off than those who used it for their final stint.
“The reason for this is track improvement, as the circuit surface was far more forgiving to the tyres near the end of the race.
“The level of track improvement could be seen by the race’s fastest lap being almost as fast as pole position.
“Jenson drove very well to get strong performance from the super soft in his first stint, and that helped him for his win.
“Four cars showed that a one stop strategy was a viable option here. There were many interesting strategies throughout the field today.”