It’s the 3rd September 2008, and this is F1Minute.
Last week saw the deadline for Bridgestone to submit their slick tyre specifications for the 2009 regulations. Autosport.com spoke to the director of motorsport for Bridgestone, Hirohide Hamashima, and found out what he thinks the tyres will be like. “We will bring two different working range compounds to each race, and there will be a time difference and also a character difference. The degradation will be different, so it may give the teams some more difficulties."
With the grooved tyre disappearing, and nowhere for the white stripe to go, Bridgestone are also faced with the challenge of making the distinction between soft and hard tyres obvious for fans. “It will be on the sidewall design only though, with white paint or a white ring or something like that.” It doesn’t sound too different to what we have already then.
Now that the specifications have been submitted to the FIA, they will not be able to change for the entire 2009 season.
That’s it for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.
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