By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone is introducing a radical change to its tyres strategy for the German Grand Prix by implementing a three-step gap.
The Japanese tyres manufacturer has responded to the excitement created at the Canadian Grand Prix when the tyres played a key role in the most thrilling race of the season so far.
Variations in tyre performance of the tyres Bridgestone took to Montreal forced teams to choose different and diverse pit strategies, drivers’ pace constantly fluctuated due to tyres and tactics, all of which led to plenty of over-taking.
The exciting result convinced Bridgestone to be more radical with its Hockenheim tyre choice, where teams must use both the super softs and the hard tyres during the grand prix.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “The major interest of this allocation announcement is that we are bringing the hard and super soft compounds to Germany.
“The characteristics of the Hockenheim circuit allow us to bring the compounds from the extremes of our softness range.
“This will give us very good data for evaluation and will be interesting for those who have called for a bigger difference between the allocated tyres.”
At present Hockenheim is the only other track where such a big variation in tyre performance is likely. Hamashima said that the characteristics of other tracks made it neither safe nor practical to force drivers to use what would be inappropriate tyres.