Well, only for the Jerez test in December but nevertheless it is a sign that FIA is seriously considering bringing them back.
Slick tyres were expected to return for 2008 season but the plans were ditched without much explanation. This test will be aimed at collecting the data before the possible 2009 return of slick tyres.
Statement from Bridgestone:
“Bridgestone are supplying these tyres as a response to a request from the teams and the testing committee, as the teams want to gain data as they look to the 2009 season.”
The tyres are believed to be similar to those Bridgestone supplies to the GP2 series.
It is hard to believe that Max Mosley and FIA are actually taking some steps to improve the racing …