Bridgestone’s F1 participation in pictures.
Bridgestone has altered the choice of tyre compounds on offer for five forthcoming races on the F1 calendar. The move is an attempt to re-create the conditions which produced an unpredictable and exciting race in Canada last week. In the German Grand Prix drivers will have to use both the super-soft and hard tyres during … Continue reading Bridgestone changes tyre choices for five rounds to produce more exciting races
Rumours suggest F1 could embrace a radical change in its tyre regulations, increasing wheel sizes from 13 inches to 18 and having more than one tyre supplier for the first time since 2006. But a less drastic step to 15 inches could prove a better compromise.
F1 needs a tyre supplier for 2011 and a return to the tyre war isn’t the answer. A new tyre supplier – or a new deal with the old one – is.
Bridgestone will continue its policy of using a green stripe to differentiate between its soft and hard tyre compounds during the 2010 season. Chief engineer at Bridgestone Motorsport Jun Matsuzaki said: “We continue to support the FIA’s Make Cars Green campaign so the green stripe will remain.” He also confirmed that Bridgestone will introduce new … Continue reading Tyres to keep green stripes in 2010
F1’s exclusive tyre supplier Bridgestone has made a surprise announcement it will quit the sport at the end of the 2010 season. This means F1 will have a new tyre supplier from 2011, but there’s no indication yet the FIA may allow the resumption of the ‘tyre war’ by letting in more than one supplier.
Bridgestone has published details of the tyre allocations for the first five F1 races of 2009. They vary substantially from the options available last year, because F1 has switched to slick tyres and also because Bridgestone are now bringing compounds that are two steps apart rather than one. As a sign of how much things … Continue reading Tyre compounds for first five races of 2009
A little over a month ago I wrote an article called Four crucial things F1 fans must be told during races in 2009. Today Bridgestone has announced how it will distinguish between its different types of tyres, which was one of the four things on that list:
At the beginning of the month Ferrari claimed Bridgestone’s choice of harder tyres was disadvantaging them. Now Bridgestone has revealed its tyre choices for the final four races of the season and again it is bringing a harder set of tyres to one round – Interlagos, for the Brazilian Grand Prix. And now Renault as … Continue reading Renault join Ferrari’s call for softer tyres
Last week Ferrari suggested the harder tyres Bridgestone have brought to some races have played into McLaren’s hands. If that is what’s going on the red team are likely to be disappointed by the tyre allocations for the final race of the season where Bridgestone again are bringing a harder set of tyres than last … Continue reading Final tyre allocations good for McLaren?
An interesting article on Autosport yesterday gives some more insight into how McLaren have suddenly got the upper hand in the world championship battle. Ferrari believe part of McLaren’s advantage has been because the tyres supplied by Bridgestone at recent events have suited the MP4/23 better than the F2008. With Bridgestone yet to announce their … Continue reading Ferrari want softer Bridgestone tyres
We all remember the debacle of a ‘race’ F1 put on at Indianapolis in the 2005 United States Grand Prix. Yesterday NASCAR suffered its own version at the very same venue, albeit running the full oval rather than the road course. NASCAR managed to put on a full race, of sorts, with a full field. … Continue reading NASCAR has its own ‘Indianapolis 2005’ – but the race goes on
Slick tyres are making their long-awaited return to Formula 1 next year. Drivers and fans have largely welcomed the return of proper racing tyres to F1. The FIA apparently intends to keep the rule requiring teams to use two different compounds per race. But in order to make this more of a challenge Bridgestone plans … Continue reading Bridgestone to widen difference between tyres in 2009 – but how will we know?
Bridgestone is standing firm by its desire to see tyre warmers banned next year despite strong opposition from some teams and drivers. Director of motorsport tyre development Hirohide Hamashima said: Bridgestone has said to the FIA that we have confidence in (producing) a good specification of tyres, in terms of grip and handling, without tyre … Continue reading Tyre warmers set for 2009 ban
A mistake by Bridgestone, Formula 1’s sole tyre supplier, created additional problems for McLaren this weekend. Even before the race got underway the Japanese manufacturer was openly admitting it had brought the wrong choice of compounds. It chose the same combination of medium and hard tyres it brought last year, despite the race being much … Continue reading Did Bridgestone compromise McLaren?