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Bridgestone Chinese GP race report
Bridgestone's wet tires were the tire of choice in trying conditions for the Chinese Grand Prix held at the Shanghai International Circuit where Sebastian Vettel took Red Bull Racing's first and his second Formula One victory.

Vettel crossed the line 10.9 secs ahead of team-mate Mark Webber, who scored his best finish with second, meaning two Renault-powered cars on the podium. Drivers' championship leader Jenson Button (Brawn GP) finished third. All drivers started behind the safety car and therefore on the wet tires - as stipulated by the regulations - and persistent rain meant that almost all competitors stayed on wet tires for the duration of the race.

Q&A with Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tire Development

How was the race from Bridgestone's perspective?

"Once more in 2009 we have seen an exciting race. Congratulations to Red Bull Racing for their first race win and Sebastian Vettel for his second win. I think our tire allocation was interesting for this weekend and qualifying was exciting, whilst the race was another demonstration of our wet tires working well in the correct conditions. Interestingly of the front-runners, we saw Rubens Barrichello opt to stay on his existing wet tires in his final pit stop, rather than change to new ones. Also, we saw Nico Rosberg use the intermediate, but the track surface was never quite dry enough for these tires."

Another race where the wet tires have been used, are you happy with their performance?

"The wet tires have worked well here. Obviously, the 2009 specification cars have less downforce than before. In the dry, there is more mechanical grip to compensate for the lack of aerodynamic grip, whereas in the wet there is not that compensation. Despite this, our wet tires worked very well in very difficult conditions. Of course, some parts of the track had very deep puddles, and we saw drivers struggle with aquaplaning, but overall we can be satisfied. Today I think we watched many demonstrations of excellent driving throughout the field."

Below is the order in which each driver used his tire compounds in the Chinese Grand Prix, as recorded by Bridgestone:

Team                  Tire Choice by Stint


Felipe Massa              Wet      DNF
Kimi Raikkonen            Wet      Wet


Lewis Hamilton            Wet      Wet
Heikki Kovalainen        Wet      Wet
BMW Sauber

Robert Kubica            Wet      Wet        Wet
Nick Heidfeld            Wet      Wet


Fernando Alonso          Wet      Wet        Wet
Nelson Piquet            Wet      Wet        Wet      Wet


Jarno Trulli              Wet      DNF
Timo Glock                Wet      Wet

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Sebastien Bourdais        Wet      Wet
Sebastien Buemi          Wet      Wet        Wet

Red Bull Racing

Mark Webber              Wet      Wet        Wet
Sebastian Vettel          Wet      Wet        Wet


Nico Rosberg              Wet      Wet        Inters  Wet
Kazuki Nakajima          Wet      Wet        Wet      DNF

Force India

Adrian Sutil              Wet      Wet        Wet      DNF
Giancarlo Fisichella      Wet      Wet

Brawn GP

Jenson Button            Wet      Wet        Wet
Rubens Barrichello        Wet      Wet        Wet

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