China preview quotes: Bridgestone
Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tire Development, on the challenges of Shanghai:
"Shanghai International Circuit is severe on tires. There are very high lateral forces and we expect to see graining on the front left tires, especially caused by the increasing radius turn two and the banked turn 13. We could also see graining on the rear tires here too. The circuit layout means that a medium-downforce setup will be used, as there are two long straights, but a large percentage of the track is also very twisty and technical. For the teams and drivers, finding the correct setup to make the best use of their tires will be a big challenge."
We will see the super soft compound in use again, how difficult will tire management be?
"In Australia there was a particular challenge of graining on the super soft tire, however this graining varied across the teams between the front and the rear, which means that the correct compromise setup for these new cars is still being found. For this reason we would expect less graining in China as the teams now have better understanding of their cars than at the first race. Also, Shanghai is a permanent race track so the track surface should be better."