Bridgestone expecting dramatic race

Bridgestone believes tyre strategy could create a dramatic German Grand Prix - despite the allocation of super soft and hard compound tyres not leading to the hoped-for multi pitstop race

Bridgestone expecting dramatic race

Although the top 10 all qualified on the option tyre, which was around seven-tenths of a second faster over a single lap, many of those outside the top 10, led by Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher, are likely to start on the prime tyre in the hope of climbing the order.

Depending on the track temperature in the race, this could allow those starting down the order to get ahead of some of the early stoppers.

"Michael will probably have the prime tyre for the start," Bridgestone's head of motorsport tyre development Hirohide Hamashima told AUTOSPORT. "If it is hot conditions for the race, I think there will be some good stories.

"If the drivers on the hard tyres can build the tyre temperature in the beginning of the race, it will be very interesting."

The track temperature with two hours to go before the race start is 26 degrees, and could climb above 30 by the time the race starts.

Should this be the case, the drivers starting on the option tyre might not be able to run for as long as they are hoping for, meaning that pitstops could take place within the first 12 laps.

"Here, we separated the tyre allocation by two specifications, so the gap is big," said Hamashima. "In Canada, even the degradation on the prime tyre was big at the start of the race, but at Hockenheim it will stay in good condition for much longer so it will be very interesting."

With degradation on the prime tyres expected to be good even if the track temperature does climb further, this could lead to drivers such as Schumacher and Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, both of whom showed potential Q3 pace earlier in the weekend, lapping significantly faster than those who started on options in the closing stages of the race.

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