Bridgestone Potenza slick racing tyres made a return to Formula One cars for the first time in ten years as Bridgestone Motorsport completed its final test of the 2007 season after four days of running at Jerez last week. Three sets of slick tyres were available to all the teams to use over the course of the four days.
“We have to remember that these are development tyres and the 2007 chassis have not been designed to run with slicks,” said Hirohide Hamashima – director of Bridgestone Motorsport tyre development. “However, the information gained will help us and the teams with developments for the future. We received strong feedback from all drivers, including Michael Schumacher who we know well.”
“We will review the information gained and this will enable us to continue to develop these tyres,” he added. “The teams also now have initial information to help develop their cars. We will respond to requests from the Formula One Testing Committee for future tests as required and we would expect further tests over the course of next year.”
“We have learnt a lot since we last ran with slicks in F1 from our activities in Formula One and other motorsport activities like GP2, Champ Car and IndyCar, which all use our slick tyres,” he added. “This knowledge has been incorporated into this development tyre and there are many differences from our 1997 tyres. A lot of development will occur in both the cars and the Bridgestone tyres before 2009.”