Scuderia Ferrari Marlboros Fernando Alonso won a fast-paced and tactical German Grand Prix by using a super soft hard Bridgestone Potenza tyre strategy in Hockenheim.
Alonso won his second race of the season, his first since the season-opener in Bahrain, leading team-mate Felipe Massa across the line. Red Bull Racings Sebastian Vettel finished third.
Hiroshi Yasukawa Director of Bridgestone Motorsport, says
Congratulations to Ferrari for their second 1-2 of the season. Germany is a very important market for us and Bridgestone are happy to have contributed to the excitement we saw today. Even in our final season of Formula 1 we continue to work positively with the sport and I am proud that we continue to push with aspects such as our compound allocation for races.
Hirohide Hamashima – Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development, says
Both compounds worked better than we expected. The super soft lasted very well. A good example of this was Jenson Button who was to gain position by staying on the super soft for his first stint longer than the other front runners. The hard compound did take longer to warm-up than we usually see with the prime tyre, and we saw evidence of this in the race with locked brakes, less grip in the corners and lower traction before it was in its correct temperature operating range. I believe that today was a good illustration of the strength of our development engineers in Japan. These tyres were designed before the start of the season, and we have many changes such as the narrower front tyres, and no more refuelling meaning heavier cars. Despite this, our engineers have produced tyres capable of working well with this seasons cars, even when we try an extreme allocation as we did here.
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Bridgestone Potenza Driver Tyre Strategies
Rd.11 German Grand Prix
In 2010, the tyre regulations stipulate that the two dry tyre specifications must be visibly
distinguishable from each other. At the German Grand Prix, the super soft (option) compound Bridgestone Potenza tyres were marked with green bands on the sidewalls. The wet weather tyres were also marked with a green line in a central groove.