Sebastian Vettel may have taken the chequered flag, with Lewis Hamilton coming home second – but it was Kamui Kobayashi who stole the show with his spectacular driving and use of tyres at the European Grand Prix.
Hiroshi Yasukawa, director of motorsport for Bridgestone tyres, said: “Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing for their win today.
“Well done also to Kamui Kobayashi for using a great tyre strategy for a strong result for the BMW Sauber F1 Team, who have had many changes to the team since last season, so this was great points finish for them.”
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, added: “Today tyre performance was strong from both tyres, and we saw fastest laps being set by both compounds.
“The track conditions continued to improve throughout the race. Sebastian Vettel drove very strongly and he did not fall foul of the rules, unlike other drivers today.
“Kamui Kobayashi demonstrated the durability of the medium tyres here with his long first stint, setting competitive lap times, even with over 50 laps completed on them.
“He was then able to use the super soft tyres when the track was most rubbered in, enabling him to overtake even on a track which is not well known for its overtaking opportunities.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team