One-stop strategy was discontented for all F1 fans in the Indian Grand Prix main race. Again the official tyre supplier and the Italian tyre maker Pirelli believes repeat one-stop race in this weekend at United States. Also driver’s hints that following the Friday practice, they are worried about the less overtaking opportunities in Austin circuit.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery says that initial data suggests that both wear and degradation is very low on both compounds (Medium and Hard), and he added that they will see just one stop race on Sunday in this weekend.
“Weather conditions being cooler than expected, the initial data suggests that both wear and degradation is very low on both compounds, which leads us to think that we will see just one stop on Sunday” Paul Hembery said.
“But we will have to look at all the numbers in more detail tonight to have a clearer picture. Our data simulation work has proved to be extremely accurate, with both the compounds performing exactly as we expected, although we also have to take into account the high degree of track evolution that could certainly affect the strategy on Sunday.”
Paul added, “We’re seeing a performance gap of around half a second per lap between the two compounds, which gives the teams plenty of scope to try to gain an advantage through the timing of their pit stops.”
“Nonetheless, as this is a completely new circuit with a number of potentially unknown factors, we deliberately opted for a conservative tyre choice here.”