Bridgestone has announced the tyre compound allocations for the final four events of the season, although it seems that there won’t be a repeat of the extreme difference in tyre compound allocations as we had last witnessed at the German Grand Prix.
The Japanese tyre manufacturer, which is in its swansong season in Formula 1, confirmed that a one-step gap in the tyre compound allocations will remain for the final rounds in Japan, Korea, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
The soft and hard compound tyres will be allocated for the events at Suzuka and Yeongyam, and super-soft and medium compounds will be made available at Sao Paulo and Yas Marina.
“The most interesting question for these final allocations is which tyres will we bring to Korea,” Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone’s Head of Motorsport Tyre Development, said.
“As always for a new race we work closely with the FIA, the circuit and the teams to reach our decision but in addition to all this information we always have safety in mind so our allocation for the first race in Korea will naturally be on the conservative side.
“The tyres for Korea are currently being shipped to the track and we are very interested to see this new facility when we go there in seven weeks time. Suzuka puts the tyres through a tough workout so we have the harder combination of hard and soft, whilst Sao Paulo and Yas Marina suit the softer combination of super soft and medium.
“Due to the nature of the tracks, there were no further opportunities for a hard – super soft allocation, although we did evaluate this after the lessons learnt at the Hockenheim.”
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