F1 Teams Have a “Good Understanding” of 2007 Tyres – Bridgestone
With the F1 Australian Grand Prix – the first of the 2007 season – taking place on March 18 drivers are getting ample opportunity to get a better feel for the Bridgestone tyres during practice sessions. The March 16 practice sessions saw Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa shine through as the best overall performers. The first practice session began on a wet circuit, which meant that Bridgestone’s wet and extreme wet tyres were given an airing. With the second session run in much drier conditions the medium and soft dry compound tyres were put into use.
There was no hiding the sense of anticipation ahead of Sunday’s race after so many months of preparation. Kees van de Grint, Bridgestone Motorsport Head of Track Engineering Operations said: “It is a good feeling to finally be back at a Grand Prix after so many tests over the winter. So far our tyres have performed as expected. The medium dry grooved tyre provided a reasonable level of grip and a high level of consistency whilst the soft tyre was fast over a single lap.”
“It was pleasing to see that the majority of teams have a good understanding of the 2007 tyres,” he added.