Bridgestone have said that they are 'confident' their tyres will work well this weekend at Fuji International Speedway, as the venue gears up for its first Formula 1 grand prix for 30 years.

Speaking ahead of the Japanese GP, the 15th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Hirohide Hamashima, director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development, explained that with the track being relatively smooth they have opted to take the medium and soft compounds to the Hermann Tilke re-designed track.

"The major feature of Fuji is naturally its very long straight which is followed by the first of the slow corners. This configuration should present some interesting overtaking opportunities for the drivers so I'm looking forward to seeing the racing this weekend," he stated.

"There are only two high speed corners: the 100R and 300R and consequently I expect that car set-ups will be in a low downforce configuration.

"From a compound point of view, we do not expect problems with wear as the surface is relatively smooth.

"We could, however, see some graining on the front left tyres, especially from the 100R corner, but we don't believe it will be severe."

Asked if he is comfortable with Bridgestone's tyre choices for the track, he reiterated that they should work well.

"We have learnt a lot from racing at Fuji over the years and by combining this knowledge with simulation data we have been able to predict the need for the medium and soft tyres from our 2007 range," he continued.

"We are confident that these tyres will work well and should produce some good racing."



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