By Alex Kapadai
Bridgestone have announced the final tyres allocations for the remaining four rounds of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.
The Japanese tyres manufacturer and official supplier to the F1 championship has returned to the allocation philosophy of leaving a gap between allocated compounds for the Grands Prix at Suzuka, Japan and Interlagos, Brazil.
However, consecutive compounds will be used at Singapore this weekend for the only night race of the season and for the final round in the 2009 championship in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “We are pleased to release our final allocations. Singapore is a street course and based on our experience there last year we feel the soft and super soft is the best choice.
“For Suzuka we will have a gap in compound hardness. This will be an interesting return to this great circuit as half of the circuit has a new surface, so tyre usage considerations could be challenging.
“In Brazil we also stay with the stiffness gap. It can get very hot in Sao Paulo and we usually see a good race there, although I think we will struggle to have a race as exciting as the one we had last season.
“Abu Dhabi is a new destination for us. Although it is technically a street course, we are bringing harder compounds than we use at the other street courses. We feel that the hard compound would be too stiff for this new circuit, so we are bringing the consecutive soft and medium compounds.”