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GP Week : Issue 23
> F1NEWS> t F1 races la 1 calendar member of the Australian Racing Drivers’Club, told the Australian Daily Telegraph that he believed it would only be a matter of time before Bernie Ecclestone demanded Australia run a night race. “Bernie Ecclestone will get sick of Melbourne’s refusal to host a night race,”he said. “We [Eastern Creek] would be in a position to take advantage. It would cost three times as much to develop a suitable facility on virgin land. We have the basis for it right here in the middle of Blacktown, Australia’s fastest growing area.” Bridgestone announces final allocations BRIDGESTONE has announced the tyre allocations that will see out the culmination of the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship at the final four races of the season. The sport’s inaugural night race in Singapore will be run on soft and super-soft tyres, with the Japanese company expected to use a special luminous paint on the softer tyre in place of the usual white stripe. The Japanese Grand Prix will be run on medium and soft compounds as last season, while medium and hard compounds will be used in China. For the season-finale in Brazil, Bridgestone has announced a change from 2007 with its choice of medium and soft tyres over soft and super-soft. The move towards slightly harder compounds in China and Brazil may play into McLaren’s hands, as the British team is known to be far harder on its tyres than Ferrari, a fact which has come to the fore in both of the last races although with far differing results. Bridgestone is also believed to be close to a decision on how it will different between its tyre compounds in 2009. With the reintroduction of slick tyres to Formula 1, there will be no possibility of painting a white line in a tyre groove to show which tyre is the softer, and the most likely option is believed to be white sidewalls. Bridgestone has run red sidewalls in Champ Car, although it is thought that the company was unhappy with the visibility of the red stripe, and would prefer to opt for an all white sidewall for F1 in 2009.