It wasn’t Brawn’s day today, when both their drivers were penalised five grid places for the Japanese Grand Prix for failing to reduce their speed on seeing the yellow flag during qualifiying.
Meanwhile Sebastian Vettel carried Red Bull to pole position on Bridgestone’s soft tyres.
However Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyres development for Bridgestone, admitted it was a challenging day for all the drivers.
He said: “The weather was dry, meaning that yesterday’s information from a wet track was not much use. This meant that teams only had the one hour of FP3 to accumulate the same data they would usually gain over four hours of practice.
“The track improved, as we would expect with the first dry running of the weekend, but this made set-up a challenge and we saw an interesting order at the end of FP3.
“The difficulty continued in qualifying, with two red flag periods in Q2 and one in Q3. It seemed that the older surface of the west track gave less grip for braking which may have caught out some drivers.
“Sebastian Vettel did well to get pole today and we hope that Timo Glock was not badly hurt in his accident.
“Obviously we do not have as much data as we would have if Friday had been dry, but this is one of the challenges of motor racing.
“The soft tyre is definitely the quicker tyre, and it does not appear to have too bad degradation levels, meaning that it could be the preferred race tyre.
“The hard tyre takes longer to warm up than the soft, but we do not have sufficient data to know exactly the lap time difference between the two tyres. That said, I’m sure we will see an exciting race here at Suzuka.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team