Bridgestone have agreed that tyres strategy will play a key role in deciding the outcome of today’s Canadian Grand Prix.
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton powered to pole position ahead of Red Bull racer Mark Webber, but both drivers qualified using different tyres.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “The fastest two cars set their qualifying times on different compounds so they will start the race on different tyres.
“The medium compound takes longer to warm-up than the super soft, so the initial laps will be interesting.
“The durability of the super soft at the start of the race will be interesting too. The race start is at 12 noon local time which is probably not going to be the warmest time of the day, which will not assist tyre performance.
“From the longer run data we have seen we do not predict that the super soft will be very durable, and this and the graining we have seen means it is unlikely that we will see one stop strategies.
“Of course, there is also the possibility of rain. As ever, Montreal is providing everyone with a very big challenge.”
Hamilton will start the race on Bridgestone’s super soft compound Potenza after the epic qualifying battle in Montreal, while Webber is in second place on the medium compounds.
Hamashima added: “The choice of which compound to use in qualifying was the most difficult it has been all season. The two compounds showed different characteristics, but ultimately similar lap times at the front of the grid.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team