By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone have revealed that they would be happy to share the knowledge they have built up surrounding Formula One tyres during the past 13 years with the sports new supplier Pirelli.
When Bridgestone entered Formula One in 1997 they enjoyed a much smoother ride than the Italian tyres manufacturer is in for, according to Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for the Japanese tyres company.
He said: “We had the advantage that we could enter step by step, because Goodyear was still there. First we had only one top team, then two and so on.
“For Pirelli it’s different because they immediately have to equip the entire field, which will be very difficult,” he added.
Hamashima revealed that Pirelli has not yet asked for any advice or involvement.
He said: “So far Pirelli has not asked for advice, because engineers are very proud, especially when it comes to the competition.
“If Pirelli would like to make use of some of our employees, it would be our pleasure. We have built up very good contacts with the teams and I would not want there to be a big confusion.
“The transition of Bridgestone to Pirelli should run as smoothly as is possible,” added Hamashima.