Bridgestone to make super-soft push

Formula 1 tyre supplier Bridgestone is ready to become more aggressive with its tyre choices for the rest of the season, AUTOSPORT can reveal, in a bid to make events as exciting as the Canadian Grand Prix

Bridgestone to make super-soft push

After a weekend in Montreal where the racing was spiced up by high levels of tyre degradation, Bridgestone says it wants to try and engineer repeat situations in the future.

Bridgestone's director of motorsport tyre development Hirohide Hamashima told AUTOSPORT that as long as his company could guarantee the tyres would remain totally safe, it would now be willing to push harder to make life difficult for drivers.

"Our first priority is to provide safe tyres that are fair for everyone," said Hamashima. "I don't want to provide a blistering tyre, because that is a risk.

"But if we can confidently predict no blistering with the super-soft tyres, then we will allocate those tyres as much as possible in the remaining races."

Bridgestone has already made plans to bring the super-soft and the medium tyre to Valencia, while the soft and the hard will be used at the British Grand Prix.

The first race where its new 'super-soft' policy could be introduced, therefore, is the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim that takes place at the end of July.

But despite the eagerness to go more radical on the tyre choices, Hamashima is well aware that the track characteristics in Montreal contributed greatly to not allowing the tyres to work at their best.

"It's very smooth so the tyres didn't deform enough to get enough temperature, especially in the beginning of the race," said Hamashima. "We learned so many things during this race and will analyse the tyres to learn for the future."

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