British GP: Bridgestone preview

Bridgestone highly motivated for British GP Bridgestone Motorsport is raring to get to the Silverstone Circuit this weekend for the first of its two "home" Grands Prix. Based in Langley, near Heathrow, the Bridgestone Motorsport team has been...

Bridgestone highly motivated for British GP

Bridgestone Motorsport is raring to get to the Silverstone Circuit this weekend for the first of its two "home" Grands Prix. Based in Langley, near Heathrow, the Bridgestone Motorsport team has been busy preparing for this weekend's 60-lap race for the past few months.

Hot off the back of the French Grand Prix, where Michael Schumacher claimed his ninth win of the season and Rubens Barrichello his eighth podium of the year, Bridgestone will be providing tyres chosen after extensive testing sessions which were done earlier in the year. And despite the wet weather forecasts for parts of the coming weekend, it will be hard to dampen the spirits of Bridgestone's highly motivated team.

Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Motorsport:

"Nine wins from ten races for Ferrari's Michael Schumacher is an incredible achievement and is just reward for all involved in the effort. Bridgestone's technical personnel and tyre fitters have played an important role in the success of our teams and following on from the numerous podiums and the hard earned points for the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, Sauber Petronas, Jordan Ford and Wilux Minardi Cosworth teams, Bridgestone's personnel are currently extremely motivated."

"In fact, the British Grand Prix is one of our two home Grands Prix of the year as our F1 headquarters are located in the UK so there is an even greater desire to see our teams do well this weekend."

2004 Tyres for Silverstone
Bridgestone Motorsport is sending 1,400 dry and wet weather Bridgestone Potenza Formula One tyres to the British Grand Prix this weekend. These comprise of four dry weather specifications.

Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager:

"The Silverstone circuit is one of the toughest tracks on the calendar. Its abrasive track surface and high speed nature require that we use tyre compounds from our mid to hard range. The tyres also need to provide good stability through the high speed corners, as well as rear grip in the Silverstone Complex section."

"We know from previous years' experience which specifications of tyre perform best at Silverstone and we have combined that knowledge with our latest developments to provide four dry tyre specifications for the coming weekend. Furthermore, the Bridgestone teams have traditionally achieved good results at this round of the championship in both wet and dry conditions so whatever the weather this weekend, we can expect them to be competitive again."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Hiroshi Yasukawa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Minardi , Jordan