The Spanish Grand Prix, with its long straight and a variety of bends, makes tyres set-up a real challenge, according to Bridgestone.
The key to tackling the Circuit de Catalunya is getting the right compromise between finding low drag for the straights and sufficient downforce for the corners.
Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone tyres director of motorsport tyre development, said: “The Circuit de Catalunya is a good indicator of overall car balance and a car which does well here should do well at any track.
“We expect the weather to be much warmer than when we last visited Barcelona in February for the final pre-season test and we hope we don’t see the snow that the circuit experienced in March!
“The warmer temperatures make a difference to engine power, aerodynamics, tyre grip and so on, so there is a lot to consider. We often see major car upgrades as this is the first European race of the season after the first four fly-away races.
“The cars have already evolved a lot so it will be interesting to see the differences from when we were here before the season started.
“The track surface is in the middle range in terms of abrasion and roughness and we will bring our hard and soft Bridgestone Potenzas. The circuit layout is tough on the front left tyre and we expect to see graining on this tyre.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team