Pirelli: One-stop possible at Yas Marina
28 October 2013 – Pirelli has suggested that a one-stop strategy could be adopted at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although it is expecting a two-stop plan to be the most popular option.
With slightly softer rubber being used this season, the Italian manufacturer feels the majority of drivers will be tempted into completing two pit lane visits, but has refused to rule out the possibility of a one-stop approach emerging as a strong contender.
"Tyre wear and degradation isn't especially high in Abu Dhabi: last year, when we also nominated the Medium and Soft, most drivers stopped once," said Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery. "As the compounds are generally softer this year we'd expect two stops this time, although it's quite possible that some teams might try just one.
"We will have to wait for the Friday running until we have a clearer picture of the time difference between the two compounds but overall we'd anticipate race pace among the frontrunners to be reasonably closely balanced, and it's always under these circumstances that having the right strategy can really make a significant difference."
At the Indian Grand Prix, for which Pirelli supplied the same Soft and Medium tyre compounds, both Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil pulled off one-stop strategies.