By Alex Kapadia
The engines screamed and the tyres squealed as Jenson Button took the chequered flag at Bahrain this afternoon.
And as Brawn GP celebrated their third win in four races, Bridgestone were also trumpeting their delight with the car tyres on the track.
Hirohide Hamashima, Director of Motorsport Tyre Development for Bridgestone, said “Today was a very exciting race, particularly from a tyre perspective.
“We saw a good range of strategies, and when to use the medium compound was a difficult decision for teams, as it delivered a consistently slower lap time than the super soft.
“The super soft performed well and heat degradation was not a big problem even in the extreme heat of Bahrain.
“There was some very good tyre management from drivers and also some strong running from competitors on the medium tyre too.
“I think today has shown just how exciting racing can be with two Bridgestone tyres with different characteristics with our 2009 allocations.”
“We have accumulated a lot of good data from the first four race weekends and this has been very useful.
“Here in Bahrain was interesting because of the extreme heat, but our tyres performed well, and continued to give competitors a challenge for how best to use them during the course of the race.”