Pirelli expects two to three pit-stops
27 October 2013 – Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli is expecting Sunday's Indian Grand Prix to feature two to three pit-stops per driver, with the former plan theoretically the quickest approach.
Tyres have been the main talking point of the weekend so far, with the performance gap between the Soft and Medium compounds averaging a second. However, the softer rubber has displayed heavy blistering and degradation throughout practice.
In the final qualifying phase on Saturday afternoon, some teams chose to split their strategies between the two types of tyre, with six drivers – including the top three – using the Soft tyres and the remainder setting their times on the Medium rubber.
"In Q3 we saw a wide variety of tactics, with many teams splitting their strategies in order to cover all the possibilities," said Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery.
"With the Soft tyre expected to last a maximum of 15 laps and the Medium tyre for 30 to 35 laps, we're expecting between two to three pit-stops in the race, with the drivers starting on the Medium tyre obviously aiming to make the most of a longer first stint."
Top ten starting tyres:
Sebastian Vettel – Soft
Nico Rosberg – Soft
Lewis Hamilton – Soft
Mark Webber – Medium
Felipe Massa – Soft
Kimi Räikkönen – Soft
Nico Hülkenberg – Soft
Fernando Alonso – Medium
Sergio Pérez – Medium
Jenson Button – Medium
As per the rules, the remaining drivers have free choice over their starting compound.