Monday August 13th, 2001
Bridgestone have dismissed that their tyres are inferior to Michelin in hot conditions. The Japanese tyre company were beaten by Michelin at the hot and humid German Grand Prix last month, but with similar conditions expected for the next round in Hungary Bridgestone have defended their compounds.
"It is not true to say that we perform less well relative to our competitor in hot conditions," said Bridgestone technical manager Hisao Suganuma. "Cars on Bridgestone tyres have won races in extremely high temperatures this year. Indeed, our specs for Hungary are based on some that have shown excellent performances in hot races."
Bridgestone have worked hard to develop tyres for their teams in Hungary and tested with British American Racing and Sauber at the similar Valencia circuit in July to complete their preparations.
Suganuma added: "The challenge of Hungary is to develop tyres that are soft enough to give good grip on the slippery surface yet durable enough and consistent enough to perform well over race distance."
Published at 11:07:30 GMT