Bridgestone voices safety concerns

Formula 1's new rule of allowing its tyre manufacturers to bring just one type of wet-weather rubber to each grand prix in 2003, could have safety implications

Bridgestone voices safety concerns

That is the view of Bridgestone's technical manager Hisao Suganuma, who believes the limitation to one tread pattern and compound is too severe.

"Personally, I would prefer to have at least two types of rain tyre allowed at each event," he said. "Reducing the range of rain tyres available to just one specification does have safety implications. Weather conditions are completely unpredictable.

"Even though the decision on which specification to take to each race will be taken very carefully, in the end the weather may not be as expected and the tyre may not suit the particular conditions we encounter on any given day.

"In my view, a choice of tyre is necessary but we have to work within the new regulations so this represents another fresh challenge for us."

Bridgestone is to increase its wet tyre development to find the best compounds and tread patterns in the next three weeks of pre-Christmas F1 testing.

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