Friday, 20 June 2014

Pirelli expecting two stop strategy for Austria

(Pirelli Motorsport)

Formula One team's used Pirelli's Soft and Super soft for the first time at the Red Bull Ring on Friday with the running this morning being done on the more durable soft tyre before driver's elected to run the red marked super soft tyre's in the afternoon. However a number of driver's such as Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen ran the Soft tyre in Free Practice two. 

There were varied weather conditions in Spielberg today with there been a minor rain shower in the afternoon, however there was not enough rain to warrant running either the intermediate or the Pirelli wet tyre. 

Pirelli expect the weather to improve over the weekend with plenty of sunshine expected. Pirelli expect team's to run a two stop strategy during Sunday's Grand Prix. Pirelli Motorsport boss Paul Hembery said:

'We had a very green track today but despite that, wear and degradation has been low, particularly on the soft tyre. When it comes to the race, we’ll probably end up in exactly the right place with the tyres: enough degradation to keep things interesting, but still with two pit stops for most drivers. So although it’s effectively a new track, we believe the tyre choice here was very much the right one, similar to Canada. We’ve seen some notable differences in rear tyre usage between the teams, although we expect this to reduce tomorrow, once they have looked at the data from today. We too will be analysing the data tonight, in preparation for what should be a very close qualifying session given the shortness of the lap.'

© Ben Johnston 2014

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