Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development, said:
"The wind at Silverstone made conditions difficult for teams and drivers to judge handling and set-up. From all of today's data it seems that the medium tyre is the quicker over a lap, offering more grip, however we did not see sufficient long runs on this tyre to judge how durable it will be over a race stint. In contrast to the general trend, today's fastest lap was set by Massa using the hard compound, when teams were trying a lot of different fuel loads, also the morning session was interrupted. Silverstone is a very abrasive circuit and tyre management of wear and degradation will be very important, so I expect to see teams running longer stints on the medium compound in tomorrow's morning practice session."
Stats of the Day Total amount of laps completed by all drivers: 956 laps Average number of laps per driver: 48 laps Most laps by a driver: 70 - Rosberg (AT&T Williams) Fastest lap: 1min 19.575 secs - Massa (FP1) Compounds used: Hard / Medium
Qualifying in 2007
Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) set pole position using the medium compound Bridgestone Potenza tyre last season with a time of 1min 19.997secs, a hundredth faster than Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Kimi Raikkonen. Fernando Alonso (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) and Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro) qualified on the second row.