Pirelli expecting two or three stops in Australia

Pirelli expecting two or three stops in Australia

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery is expecting two or three pit stops per car at this weekend’s 2014 season opener in Australia.0879CB7D7001

The Italian firm has created a brand new range of tyre for the new season. Each compound has very similar performance levels in comparison to its 2013 equivalent but with more durability.

Pirelli announced after the final pre-season test in Bahrain that it would be taking the white-banded medium and the yellow-marked soft compounds to Melbourne.

“This is the most radical rules shake-up of the modern Formula One era, so we’ve had to create a completely different set of tyres for the brand new dynamics presented by the 2014 cars,” said Hembery.

“Pre-season testing has shown just what a big challenge these new rules are for everybody, but we have worked very hard throughout last year and the winter to come up with an entirely fresh range of tyres specifically designed for these latest-generation cars, featuring new compounds and constructions that actually cut down on degradation while maintaining the same level of performance.

“As a result, we’re still expecting between two to three pit stops per car in Melbourne, although we’ll be able to make some more exact predictions after we see the cars run in free practice. The first race of the season is always unpredictable but this will be the case more than ever in 2014.”

The Albert Park Circuit is a low grip track as it is temporary and uses public roads. Due to this and the cuts to downforce – on a circuit that requires lots of it due to high-speed corners and slow chicanes – there will be more wheelspin and sliding which can increase tyre degradation.

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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