Bridgestone braces itself for Canada

The Bridgestone-shod Formula 1 teams could be in for a hard time at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix after cars using Michelin tyres set the fastest time on all four days of testing last week

Bridgestone braces itself for Canada

While the tyre compounds on offer to Bridgestone users in Montreal will have been used before, the constructions will be entirely new and have been designed especially to offer extra stability around the stop-and-go Gilles Villeneuve circuit.

"The aim is to provide compounds that grip well through the corners, but also give speed on the straights," said Bridgestone motorsport's technical manager Hisao Suganuma. "With such hard braking, the performance of the cars and the tyres under braking will be a crucial issue."

The threat from rival Michelin looms after a Williams topped the times on all three days of testing at Magny-Cours and also at Monza last week. The French company produced a development tyre which enabled Williams test driver Marc Gene to set a new lap record at the French Grand Prix circuit.

Suganuma believes the Canadian race could be one of the hardest of the year and the Bridgestones on offer have been designed accordingly.

"Montreal is probably the hardest track for braking," he said. "From a tyre point of view, the tyres should support the car correctly under braking, maintaining stability as it slows and then goes through the corner. The constructions we have are designed to do that. Wear should be good enough for a one-stop strategy."

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