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Pirelli wants bigger range of compounds to ignore one-stop strategy races



Formula 1 official tyre supplier Pirelli wants bigger range of tyre compounds to ignore one-stop strategy races, similar to last grand prix at India.

Pirelli’s motorsport director, Paul Hembery says that current four mixes cannot wrap the full range of circuit surface, design and temperature conditions faced over the course of a F1 season.

“We would love to have a bigger range of compounds, and then we could have a bigger range of solutions for each track to guarantee a two or three-stop strategy,” Hembery told Autosport.

“With four choices, you’re always going to be slightly compromised. As a minimum, we could do with eight compounds, with low and high [temperature] working ranges in each of the four levels [super soft, soft, medium and hard] that we’ve got now.”

The Italian tyre maker recently confirmed that no conversation to expand the number of tyre mix and Pirelli is presently working on finalizing four for use in the 2013 Formula 1 season.

“The teams improve all of the time,” said Hembery. “They are trying to reduce wear and degradation and we’re trying to increase it so we are working in opposite direction.

“The engineers in these teams are brilliant. At the start of the season, when there was a lot of comment about the tyres, the engineers weren’t making comments. They realized that ‘if I can dominate this technical challenge, I’ll have an advantage’.

“We’ll change a lot of things next year. Will it be enough? We’ll wait and see. But hopefully we’ll have an exciting start to the season.”

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