By Alex Kapadia
Sebastian Vettel used a hard – hard – soft tyres strategy to charge to victory for Red Bull at todays Japanese Grand Prix.
It was his third win of the season after a dominant performance on the Suzuka circuit.
And while Jarno Trulli used the same tyres strategy to cross the line second for Toyota, Lewis Hamilton and the McLaren team opted for soft – hard – soft to finishe third.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “From the beginning of the race the soft tyre worked well, however in the second two thirds of the race it really came alive and we saw very good race performance from this tyre.
“The high track temperature meant that the hard compound could be used at the start which would not be as advisable on a colder track due to longer warm-up requirements.
“This was a safe strategy for those concerned by any degradation from the soft, however those who did opt to use the soft at the start saw good performance.”