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Bridgestone increases gaps for tyres


Bridgestone tyres, Bahrain 2010Formula 1 tyre supplier Bridgestone has opted to bring a more extreme variation of tyres to the German Grand Prix as part of its push to try and help improve the show.

After revealing last week following Canada that it was willing to be more radical with its tyre choice over the remainder of the season, Bridgestone will bring the super soft and hard tyres to Hockenheim - meaning a two-step jump in tyres.

Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's head of motorsport tyre 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 tyres."

Bridgestone will revert to a single step between the super soft and mediums in Hungary and Singapore, while the softs 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 tyres, needing a harder allocation because of the heat durability requirements. Singapore is a high-speed street course where the softer allocation is suited."

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