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Italian GP qualifying reactions: Bridgestone

Hirohide Hamashima - director of motorsport tyre development:

"Today we had an interesting result in qualifying and I think that the difference in lap times in Q3 means that there will be different fuel strategies for tomorrow's race. The times through the day, apart from in Q3, were very close so competitors are using our tyres well here in Monza. Congratulations to Lewis for his second pole of the year, to Adrian for getting on the front row, and also to Vitantonio Liuzzi for qualifying in the top ten on his return to F1."

(What are the tyre strategy considerations for tomorrow's race?) "Both the soft and medium Potenza have worked well here at Monza so far this weekend and we have no reason to expect any issues in the race. We have not seen graining and there has not been blistering either. This means that strategy options are very open. A one stop strategy is possible with our tyres so it will be interesting to see if this is used."

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Bridgestone Tyres, Chinese F1 Grand Prix, Shanghai, 17th-19th, April 2009

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