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Pirelli expecting two-stop strategy for Indian Grand Prix

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p_1366190789_540x540Official tyre supplier Pirelli’s motorsport director, Paul Hembery says that they expecting two-stop expecting strategy for Indian Grand Prix on this weekend.

Last year Pirelli allocated Soft and Hard compounds, and its downbeat race with single stop. This year they replace medium tyres to hard and predicted two-stop race in upcoming Sunday.

“We’ve decided to go for the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tyres in India this year, which we think will be the best combination for the Buddh circuit and lead to closer racing,” explained Hembery.

“For the last two years running we’ve actually gone for the hard and soft compounds, which might have been slightly on the conservative side, so this year we’ve gone for a softer and slightly more aggressive choice.

“As a result, just like the last race in Japan, we’re not expecting to see a particularly big variation in lap times between the two compounds. Consequently, the strategy made a very big difference in Japan and this should be the same in India.

“We only had one pit stop per car in India last year, but this year we would expect two – which also provides the drivers and teams with more opportunities to make up places.”

Hembery also went on to add that India can be a demanding circuit for the rubber: “With varying elevations and a wide variety of corners India provides the tyres with quite a test, as there are forces coming from all directions, so tyre management will once again prove to be important. As usual, it should be very warm in India, which increases thermal degradation as well,” he continued.

“This looks set to be a decisive race for the championship [too] so we hope that our tyre choice will help to make it a memorable contest with high-quality racing,” he concluded.

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