Bridgestone alters slick tyre compounds
|By Edd Straw and Pablo Elizalde||Tuesday, July 1st 2008, 14:14 GMT|
Bridgestone has modified its slick tyre compounds ahead of this month's test following the FIA's decision to allow tyre warmers next season.
Tyre warmers were originally scheduled to be banned from 2009, but safety fears expressed by the teams made the governing body change its plans last month.
The decision, ahead of the final slick tyres test of the season later this month, has led Bridgestone to alter its compounds.
"Before this decision, we were developing the 2009 tyres without tyre warmers," Hirohide Hamashima, director of Bridgestone motorsport, told autosport.com.
"As a result of the news that warmers will be permitted we have changed the compound working range ahead of the test in July - although the construction will remain the same as the slicks previously tested."
Despite the change of plans for next year, Hamashima remained confident that Bridgestone's tyres would have been safe enough without the warmers.
"Having tyre warmers is preferable to not having them but we remain confident our tyres would have been suitable and safe without warmers," he added.
Bridgestone will test its new slick tyre at Jerez later this month, and will then assess whether further changes need to be made.