Hungarian GP: Bridgestone preview

Bridgestone refreshed and raring to go Bridgestone Motorsport is looking for strong results this weekend for its four teams at the Hungarian Grand Prix, round 13 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, and recent developments from ...

Bridgestone refreshed and raring to go

Bridgestone Motorsport is looking for strong results this weekend for its four teams at the Hungarian Grand Prix, round 13 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, and recent developments from Bridgestone's technical department are aimed at giving them the tyres they need to complete the job.

Six races remain on the calendar with Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro having scooped top honours in 11 of the previous 12 rounds and with the Constructors' title within sight, every point gained is vital. Sauber Petronas, Jordan Ford and Minardi Cosworth are also expecting to benefit from Bridgestone's development efforts for the Hungarian Grand Prix as they too fight for constructors' points.

Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Motorsport:

"The Hungarian Grand Prix, along with the Monaco, French and German races has been targeted this year as one to win and I am confident that our engineers have been able to meet the challenge. The results of our teams so far this year have shown that it has been a real team effort and with the short break after Germany, we are feeling refreshed and reinvigorated as we approach the last six races of the season."

2004 Tyres for Hungary

1,400 Bridgestone Potenza Formula One tyres have been specially selected for the 4.381km Hungaroring circuit. Traditionally one of the hottest races on the calendar on a low to medium speed circuit requiring good traction, the Hungarian GP necessitates tyres using compounds from the softer end of Bridgestone's Formula One tyre range. In total, four dry weather specifications of tyre have been sent to Hungary for Bridgestone's four teams.

Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager:

"The current test ban meant that our tyre selection for the forthcoming Hungarian Grand Prix was mainly completed at the last test in Jerez, Spain where we found a positive step forward in our development programme. We have also had time to evaluate the performance of our tyres at the last round in Hockenheim and we incorporated those findings when making the final tyre selection decisions for this weekend with our teams."

"We have also taken into consideration the smooth track surface so have chosen specifications from our soft compound range in order to provide good grip. Hungary is the second slowest circuit in terms of average speeds and track temperatures can be expected to be high, which adds an extra dimension to the challenge of producing a competitive tyre. Last year was a significant race for Bridgestone and we learnt a great amount from it. This year we are looking forward to seeing a better outcome."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Hiroshi Yasukawa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Minardi , Jordan