Formula 1 tire supplier Bridgestone has opted to bring a more extreme variation of tires to the German Grand Prix as part of its push to try and help improve the show.
After revealing last week following the Canadian GP that it was willing to be more radical with its tire compounds over the remainder of the season, Bridgestone will bring the super soft and the hard tires to Hockenheim – meaning a two-stage gap in performance.
Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's head of motorsport tire development, said: "The characteristics of the Hockenheim circuit allow us to bring the compounds from the extremes of our softness range. This will give us very good data for evaluation and will be interesting for those who have called for a bigger difference between the allocated tires."
Bridgestone will revert to a single step between the super soft and mediums in Hungary and Singapore, while the medium and hards will be used in Belgium and Italy.
Hamashima added: "The Hungaroring requires a softer allocation as finding grip is always a target there. Spa and Monza are high speed tests for cars and tires, needing a harder allocation because of the heat durability requirements. Singapore is a high-speed street course where the softer tire is suited."