In the wake of a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix cause by an extreme disparity in the two tyre compounds brought to the race, F1’s tyre supplier Bridgestone has opted to go for a similar approach at the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring to try and spice up the show.
This more radical approach will be welcomed by the spectators, with Bridgestone determining that it will assume this ideology for the remainder of its swansong season as the official F1 tyre supplier.
Its choice of tyres for the abrasive Hockenheim surface will be the medium and super-soft compounds – a two-compound separation that will almost guarantee a great show in Germany.
“The characteristics of the Hockenheim circuit allow us to bring the compounds from the extremes of our softness range,” said Bridgestone’s motorsport tyre development head, Hirohide Hamashima.
“This will give us very good data for evaluation and will be interesting for those who have called for a bigger difference between the allocated tyres.”
It has also confirmed tyre allocations up to and including the Singapore Grands Prix, with the one-compound separation to be adopted at the Hungaroring and Marina Bay circuits (super-soft and medium-compounds), and Spa-Francorchamps and Monza (where soft- and hard-compound tyres will be used).
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