Canadian GP: Bridgestone preview

Bridgestone is eager to hit the ground running this week when it arrives at the Canadian city of Montreal for Round Eight of the FIA Formula One World Championship. Marking the half way point in the season and the third of six races within eight...

Bridgestone is eager to hit the ground running this week when it arrives at the Canadian city of Montreal for Round Eight of the FIA Formula One World Championship. Marking the half way point in the season and the third of six races within eight weeks, Bridgestone's engineers and teams are eager to keep up the pressure as they bid for more points and podiums.

As in previous years, Bridgestone and its teams can expect a warm welcome in Montreal. Bridgestone/Firestone Canada is once again sponsoring a GP street festival on Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal and there will be plenty for motor racing fans to see and do including the opportunity to view Bridgestone-shod show cars or test their driving skills on one of the F1 simulators.

Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Motorsport:

"The Canadian Grand Prix is always a favourite on the calendar with the F1 teams and we look forward to returning there each year. Bridgestone has enjoyed considerable success in Canada over the years, equipping the winners of the Canadian Grand Prix for the past two consecutive years. Two weeks ago in Germany two of our four teams took points and our technical department has been working hard to ensure they are again equipped with tyres to carry them to success."

2004 Tyres for Montreal
The 4.361km Circuit Gilles Villeneuve requires tyres from the mid to soft end of Bridgestone's compound range due to the track's smooth surface. Montreal is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar and Bridgestone's 1,400 Potenza Formula One tyres will be expected to provide high speed grip on this low downforce, big braking track.

Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager:

"Montreal is another of those circuits that we only get one chance a year to run on so we have had to think carefully about our preparations when testing in Europe. Ferrari and Sauber recently finalised their choices at the Monza circuit in Italy while Jordan conducted some of their Canadian GP preparations prior to Monaco at the French Paul Ricard track. When making their choices, the teams have had to think about both heat durability and stability under braking as it is a tough circuit with high top speeds."

"Bridgestone shall provide four specifications of dry weather tyre with compounds from the mid to soft range because of the track's smooth surface. We have also had to take into consideration that Montreal can be subject to a wide range of weather conditions. If sunny, track temperatures can be up in the forties but if, like last year, we have cloudy weather, temperatures can be low. It is another challenge for Bridgestone but one we are capable of meeting and we are determined to continue our run of success in Canada."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Hiroshi Yasukawa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Jordan