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Bridgestone Jobs - LGV 1 Driver18/05/2010

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In the Driver's Seat

Although not the most high profile aspect of Formula One, the transportation of racing car tyres is an important job, one that involves a great deal of planning, dedication and expertise.      

Transporting tyres is an important job 

Bridgestone Motorsport employs 19 members of staff whose jobs are LGV 1 drivers, ensuring that Bridgestone’s Potenza Formula One tyres make it to each European circuit in time for the Grand Prix weekend.  

The Bridgestone Motorsport facility, based near Heathrow, has direct links to the M4 and M25 motorways making it an ideal location for commuting to races. The trucks will travel via either the Channel Tunnel or ferry to mainland Europe, with the drivers following set routes to each circuit. The journeys will be planned ahead of departure, giving the drivers plenty of time to get to a hotel should an overnight stop be required.  

Job is not over on arrival at the circuit

On arrival at the circuit with the tyres safely delivered the LGV 1 driver’s job is not over, they will then begin their role as a tyre technician. Firstly the trucks require cleaning and then help is needed to set up the tyre fitting equipment. Once set up is complete, the tyre technicians will co-ordinate and check tyre distribution and will inflate and balance the tyres. During the sessions the technicians will work in a team pit garage taking tyre temperatures and pressures and will assist the Bridgestone tyre engineers. At the end of the test or race the technicians will help to strip the tyres from the rims and pack down all of the equipment.    

Checking the trucks is an important role

During the 2010 Formula One season there will be two sets of back-to-back European rounds, therefore it is important the equipment is packed down promptly on a Sunday night, ensuring the trucks arrive at the next circuit by the following evening. Although a quick turn around is required the drivers will always stick to the speed limits and follow all of the necessary driving laws. Throughout the journey the drivers will regularly check their vehicles, ensuring they are safe for use on the road. Particular attention is paid to the tyres and tyre pressures as tyres used at the correct pressure reduce rolling resistance and therefore increase fuel efficiency.