Japan Preview Quotes: Bridgestone

Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Motorsport: "It is always a great pleasure to compete at our home race in front of our Bridgestone colleagues. It does not make the challenge any less easy but I know the Bridgestone Motorsport staff are highly motivated. Our performance has been steadily improving over recent races with Brazil producing points for both the Ferrari drivers. We are aiming to continue that rise in performance and put on a good race for the spectators and Bridgestone supporters."

Japan Preview Quotes: Bridgestone

Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager: "There is no F1 testing at the Suzuka Circuit and it is a unique circuit which must be respected. It is the only figure of eight track on the F1 calendar and from a tyre point of view this means both the left and right side tyres are subject to equal amounts of wear. For a good lap time at Suzuka drivers must have a good line through the Esses and to do this they require stability from the tyres. At the hairpin, they require good braking and acceleration performance from the tyres, and in the very high speed 130R, again, stability is important. In all, from a tyre point of view, we need to provide stability, grip, braking performance and good acceleration. It's a difficult circuit in that respect. Furthermore, the track surface is quite aggressive, requiring mid to hard range compounds, and the tyres must be strong in terms of wear and degradation. Following on from an encouraging result in Brazil, our technical centre and testing staff have been working extremely hard to make sure we give our teams a positive end to the season. Recent tests at Paul Ricard in France with the Ferrari team were very constructive in pushing our development forward but the competition has been strong this year so we can expect a good fight this weekend for our home crowds. Let's hope the weather behaves this year as we are running again in typhoon season."

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