Bridgestone will be taking their medium and super-soft tyres to the streets of Valencia for the European Grand Prix next weekend.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for the Japanese tyres manufacturer, said: “From a riverside street course in Canada we now head to a seaside street course in Europe.
“In common with the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the Valencia Street Course has several high speed sections, however it has more corners.
“The layout and track surface is more aggressive to the tyres than in Montreal so we do not expect the same challenge for teams to get maximum performance from the medium and super soft compounds as in Canada.
“This year’s European Grand Prix takes place in June, as opposed to the late August date of the first two Grands Prix in Valencia but we don’t believe the date change will present us with radically different weather.”
The 5.42km street course, located in Spain’s third largest city, is a relatively high speed street course and incorporates a bridge in its layout.
Twenty five corners and several sections where speeds are around 300 km/h mean a track where finding a good set-up compromise can be a challenge.
The non permanent nature of the facility means that track surface evolution is likely to be a factor over the weekend.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team