Brawn “not a fan” of mandatory pitstops

Departing Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn isn’t a fan of the proposed idea to mandate the number of pitstops during a grand prix.World © Octane Photographic Ltd.

The proposal will be debated at the next F1 Strategy Group meeting. If it is agreed, it will then go to the Formula 1 Commission and World Motor Sport Council for approval.

If added to the 2014 regulations, each driver will have to make two pitstops during a race. They will not be allowed to complete more than 50 per cent of the race on the harder compound Pirelli tyre and 30 per cent on the softest compound.

“We could have regulations that say mandatory stops but as soon as you start messing about with the strategy from a management point of view… if you said ‘what is wrong with it?’, I couldn’t tell you but intuitively I don’t think it is right to have a regulated number of pitstops,” Brawn told AUTOSPORT.

“We have to have one at the moment because we have to run both compounds. As for regulating a number of pitstops, maybe it will work, maybe we have to try it but I am not a great fan.”

The Englishman said he sympathised with Pirelli, who suggested the idea, adding: “It is such a difficult thing to optimise because how conservative do the tyres need to be to allow the drivers to drive flat out for the whole race? And if they are that conservative do we just one stop all the time? Trying to create a tyre where you drive as hard as you want and still have to change twice a race is a very, very difficult task.”

He feels the situation would be different if there was a second tyre supplier: “I think we are evolving in a direction that is an inevitable consequence of a one-supplier formula and it is not the fault of the supplier.”

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