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07 Mar 2008

Bridgestone to mark extreme wet tyres in 2008

Official Formula One tyre supplier Bridgestone announced on Friday that they plan to make their extreme wet weather tyres visibly distinguishable from the standard wet rubber for the 2008 season. The move has been introduced at the request of the teams and in consultation with the FIA, the sport’s governing body.

The extreme wet weather specification will now be marked with a painted white line in the same way the Japanese company marks their softer dry compound at each race.

“Throughout the 2008 Formula One season Bridgestone will continue to mark the softer of the two dry weather tyres at each event with a white line along the bottom of the second from inside groove,” explained Hiroshi Yasukawa, Bridgestone Motorsport director. “However, we will now extend the use of the white tyre marking to our extreme wet weather tyres.

“We hope this change will enable spectators of the sport to have a clearer understanding of the strategies used by all 11 Formula One teams when racing in the wet. Bridgestone is pleased to be able to play a part in increasing Formula One fans' enjoyment of the sport.”

The modified extreme wet weather tyres will be available for use from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, which takes place in Melbourne next weekend.

Bridgestone tyres.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 2 August 2007 A wet Bridgestone tyre.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Preparations, Nurburgring, Germany, Thursday, 19 July 2007