The European Grand Prix in Valencia will host the fourth round of the Bridgestone-supported GP2 Series on June 25-27. In the heat at this Spanish street circuit, Bridgestone's soft compound dry tyres will make their first appearance of the ...
The European Grand Prix in Valencia will host the fourth round of the Bridgestone-supported GP2 Series on June 25-27. In the heat at this Spanish street circuit, Bridgestone's soft compound dry tyres will make their first appearance of the year.
Valencia provides drivers with the challenge of a street circuit, but at the same time, is a high speed track, being much faster than Monaco. This factor combined with likely high temperatures makes it vital for teams to come up with a car set-up that manages tyre degradation well.
The similarities with Monaco are that it is hard to overtake in Valencia, heavy braking is required, and car control plus driver concentration play a key role here.
F1 stars Vitaly Petrov and Nico Hulkenberg, the 2009 GP2 Series champion, both won GP2 races in Valencia last August on the soft specification Bridgestone GP2 tyre.
Quote from Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development "For Valencia, Bridgestone has allocated the soft compound GP2 dry tyre as it is more suited to hotter temperatures due to its higher working range. This race weekend is two months earlier than in 2009, moving from August to June, but we are using the same compound as last year. It will be interesting to see if there is any difference in track temperature and if so, how it will affect tyre degradation at this particular track. Valencia's fastest part of the circuit is after the bridge in the second sector and the best opportunity for overtaking is at turn 12. Due to the heavy braking experienced, drivers need to be careful not to flat spot their tyres."
Feeling the heat? Bridgestone reviews GP2's hottest tracks
The 2010 GP2 Series calendar now comprises of 10 race venues, two of these providing a heat durability test for Bridgestone's Potenza racing slicks.
Each of Bridgestone's GP2 dry tyre compounds has a specific working range, this being the range of temperatures within which they operate to their maximum performance.
In GP2 historically the hottest race weekends on the calendar have been Valencia and Istanbul. In 2009 at Valencia (GP2 is running there two months earlier this year, in June) the track temperature reached 47