Canadian GP Bridgestone Free Practice Report

Montreal, June/ 11/ 1999 1999 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX -- FREE PRACTICE With unexpectedly hot weather in the Montreal area throughout today's track activities, the first practice sessions for the Canadian GP found many drivers and their engineers...

Montreal, June/ 11/ 1999

1999 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX -- FREE PRACTICE

With unexpectedly hot weather in the Montreal area throughout today's track activities, the first practice sessions for the Canadian GP found many drivers and their engineers puzzling over the best setups to use. With the track getting cleaner all the time, and with Bridgestone's Soft compound tyre showing excellent durability in the conditions, lap times are expected to fall even further tomorrow.

Yoshihiko Ichikawa, Bridgestone Motorsport Technical Manager: "This circuit is kind to tyres and today the majority of the drivers used the Soft compound. Although the temperature on the track was exceptionally high, the soft compound did not suffer any significant degradation. This indicates that the majority of the drivers are likely to choose the Soft compound for the race."

Comments by an engineer from a team which used Soft tyres: "It is clear that many of the drivers, including ours, are suffering from nervousness in the handling of their cars, especially at the rear. This is going to require some changes in the set up of our chassis before we make the final decision tomorrow on which specification of tyre to run in qualifying and the race."

Comments by an engineer from a team which used Medium tyres: "Given the high temperatures today, it was logical to try the harder compound. However, it seems that the Soft option offers better grip and does not have the understeer which we have seen with the Soft tyre at other circuits this year. It also seems to be resisting the heat well, so unless the temperatures rise even more tomorrow, we are likely to be running the Soft tyres in qualifying."

TEMPERATURES                AIR                TRACK                WEATHER 
Morning                        27º-29º                39º-40º                Sunny - dry        
Afternoon                29º-30º                43º-45º                Sunny - dry 

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