Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Fernando Alonso scored his fifth win of the season after using a wet wet intermediate Bridgestone Potenza tyre strategy in a dramatic first-ever Korean Grand Prix. Alonso won the rain delayed and suspended race which started and restarted behind the safety car. All drivers began on Bridgestones wet tyres and were able to change to the intermediate tyres as conditions improved once racing began.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished second and Alonsos team-mate Felipe Massa took third, both using the same tyre strategy as Alonso. Red Bull Racings championship contenders, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel both failed to finish.
Hiroshi Yasukawa Director of Bridgestone Motorsport, says
Today we witnessed a great first ever Korean Grand Prix and I am proud of Bridgestones contribution. Congratulations to Fernando and Ferrari for their win and also to Lewis for his good charge to second place. Also it is good to see Felipe back on the podium and Michael finish in fourth. This was a tough event and I must praise the FIA, the organisers, officials and marshals at the track as well as the teams for maintaining professionalism throughout. The organisers have done a fantastic job to bring Formula 1 to this new and exciting market and I think many fans here and around the world enjoyed this superb race.
Hirohide Hamashima – Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development, says
There was so much drama and anticipation today! The delays were frustrating for all but safety is everyones primary concern and the visibility was too poor to race. Both the intermediate and wet tyre performed very well and we saw Fernando manage his tyres excellently to maintain good pace right to the finish line. This was Bridgestones first and last Korean Grand Prix and I will be proud of the performance of all of our specifications of tyres over the weekend here in Yeongam.
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Bridgestone Potenza Driver Tyre Strategies
Rd.17 Korea Grand Prix
In 2010, the tyre regulations stipulate that the two dry tyre specifications must be visibly distinguishable from each other. At the Korea Grand Prix, the 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.