By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone’s soft tyres were the fastest on the track during the practice sessions for the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.
The soft tyres took Red Bull racing driver Sebastian Vettel to the fastest time of the day under the blue skies at the Autodromo Monza today.
There was also a boost for McLaren driver Jenson Button who was fastest in the morning, using the hard compound Bridgestone Potenza.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “As we would expect, the circuit started quite dirty and slippery, and there was particular lack of grip on the newer surface of turns one and two. We saw gradual improvement in the surface through both sessions.
“The first session was very busy, with teams trying many configurations and set-ups. The second session saw refinements of the lessons learnt in the morning.”
Hamashima said it was too early to tell how the tyres would perform on Sunday. He admitted: ‘So far we do not have a lot of comparable data due to the different approaches taken by the teams today.
“The fastest times today were set in the afternoon on the soft tyres, however the track improvement affects this so we cannot read too much into that. I think tomorrow’s practice session will be very illustrative and qualifying should be very exciting.”