Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development
Q. What was significant about today's running?
"Today's running was interesting as it was the first time that the teams have used the hard compound. This tyre worked very much as expected, in line with our predictions, so we are very pleased. As designed, this tyre takes longer to warm-up than the soft, but it looks to deliver good constant performance once in its temperature working range.
Q. How durable do you expect the soft compound to be in Malaysia?
"Today we saw most running with the soft compound take place in the afternoon session, when track temperatures were dropping. We did not see the same level of drop off as we did in Australia with the super soft compound. Also, we did not see the same amount of graining as we did last weekend, which should make life easier in this respect for the drivers here. Sunday's race does not start until 17:00 hrs, so we do not expect extreme heat like we have seen in Malaysia in the past, which should make life less difficult for the tyres."
Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development Q.