Tyres key at bumpy Interlagos

Bridgestone claims most teams will opt for a two-stop strategy at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend

Tyres key at bumpy Interlagos

The Japanese tyre manufacturer has taken over 2,400 tyres of various types to Brazil, in order to cover every possible eventuality in terms of track conditions.

The track is renowned for being the bumpiest on the Grand Prix calendar, and Bridgestone F1 boss Yoshihiko Ichikawa believes this factor will be paramount in deciding the team's strategies.

"The very bumpy nature of the track can destabilise the cars and cause spins," he claimed.

"This can be counteracted with the use of softer tyres to provide more grip... If the teams choose the soft specification, they also have to consider the increased tyre wear and this factor will figure strongly in the race strategies. I anticipate the teams running a two stop strategy," he added.

Interlagos has been resurfaced since last year's Grand Prix, and the teams have yet to encounter the different conditions this may bring - as have Bridgestone.

"We're very interested to see what the new track surface is like and how it affects tyre performance," claimed Ichikawa. "It will be interesting to see the data after the first free practice."

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