Pirelli aims to reduce pit-stops by Britain
13 May 2013 – Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli is looking to make changes to its tyre compounds before the British Grand Prix, with Motorsport Director Paul Hembery stating that the number of pit-stops at the Circuit de Catalunya reached an undesirable level.
With four pit lane visits transpiring as the winning strategy in Barcelona, Hembery has hinted that tweaks will be made to its tyres over the coming weeks, although he failed to go into detail as to whether all four slick compounds will be overhauled.
"Our aim is to have between two and three stops (per driver) at every race, so it’s clear that four is too many: in fact, it’s only happened once before, in Turkey during our first year in the sport," Hembery explained after the race. "We’ll be looking to make some changes, in time for Silverstone, to make sure that we maintain our target and solve any issues rapidly."
Last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix saw the 22-strong field make a total of 79 stops over the course of 66 laps, with a majority 12 drivers opting to pit on four occasions.