It’s the 26th February 2009, and this is F1Minute.
Bridgestone have confirmed some changes to the tyres for the coming season, with the most obvious being a green stripe instead of a white. Last year, the soft tyres were distinguishable with a white stripe in the centre groove. This year, with slicks, Bridgestone have decided to paint the sidewalls instead. And, not white, but the same green we saw at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2008.
The compounds are also different, given the nature of slick tyres, but Bridgestone are also widening the gap, so that, for instance, in Australia, we will see super soft and medium tyres, rather than super soft and softs.
Elsewhere, Technical Director at Williams, Sam Michael, says that he expects their rear diffuser to be copied up and down the grid – despite other teams complaining that it bends the rules. The FIA confirmed it was legal, and Michael thinks it will be the diffuser of choice in Melbourne.
That’s it for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.
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