By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone’s tyres put on a ‘superb performance’ helping Red Bull racer Mark Webber wing his way to victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix this afternoon and take the lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship.
Webber used a super soft – medium tyres strategy to win at the Hungaroring after completing a mammoth 43 lap first stint on the same set of Bridgestone super soft tyres with which he qualified.
He continued to set fastest laps right up until changing to the medium compound, despite searing temperatures at the Hungaroring and beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso across the line by over 17 seconds.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyres development for Bridgestone, said: “I am very happy with the superb performance of both compounds of Bridgestone Potenza tyres here at the Hungaroring.
“This is a circuit where our tyres excelled in our first Formula 1 season in 1997, and now they have excelled in our final season too.
“This was a very tactical race where teams had to adapt their strategies because of the safety car. Mark drove very well, and maximised his use of the same set of super soft tyres with which he qualified.
“He was pulling away from his opposition right up to his pit stop on lap 43, despite hot temperatures here.”
Hiroshi Yasukawa, director of Bridgestone motorsport, added: “Congratulations to Mark Webber and Red Bull for a fantastic win.
“He used a great strategy to use the Bridgestone super soft tyres for 43 laps, so well done to him and to the team for their good calls from the pit wall.
“Ferrari again performed well with second and fourth, with particular mention of Felipe Massa for scoring good points at the venue of his accident last year.”