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Bridgestone to look at Hamilton incident in Barcelona

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Bridgestone will work with McLaren to understand the problem which ended Lewis Hamilton’s Spanish Grand Prix on the penultimate lap, robbing the 2008 World Champion of second place.

The tyre company, speaking after the race, say their initial impressions are that Hamilton’s incident ‘was not caused by a tyre issue’.

Hirohide Hamashima, the Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development also noted that tyres played an important part in today’s race. “Today was an interesting race where pit stop timing was crucial. This was illustrated by both Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher gaining positions through their choices. Mark Webber's performance was exceptional and Red Bull had a very good set-up with both compounds of tyre here.

“The hard and the soft compounds worked well today and the track condition continued to improve as there was no rain last night, unlike on Friday night. The hard compound was very consistent once it was warmed up and was used for the race's fastest lap, on low fuel loads near the end of the race.

“The soft compound gave a good lap time straight away and was capable of longer first stints than we generally saw today. We are working closely with McLaren to understand what happened to LewisHamilton, but initial impressions are that this was not caused by a tyre issue.

Hiroshi Yasukawa, the Bridgestone Director of Motorsport, was keen to congratulate the race winner: “Congratulations to Mark Webber for his first win of the year to open the European season in front of a superb crowd here in Spain. For Fernando Alonso this was also a great day, to be on the podium in his first Spanish Grand Prix driving for Ferrari.

“From Bridgestone's perspective this has been a very strong weekend. We hosted guests from the USA and Brazil as well as many from our European markets which has illustrated the importance of Formula One as a business tool. Our sales companies continue to support our Formula One activities, showing the significance of this to our business.

“We are proud to have the support of all of the teams in this fantastic sport and now look forward to heading straight to Monaco for what is likely to be another fabulous race meeting.”

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