Pirelli on target with degradation levels
20 June 2014 – Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli is on target with its degradation levels at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, according to Motorsport Director Paul Hembery.
Friday's practice sessions were the first time that Pirelli's PZero tyres were used at the Red Bull Ring, which has returned to the calendar following an 11-year absence.
Cool conditions resulted in some graining on both the Super Soft and Soft tyre, especially at the rear, although Pirelli expects this to reduce as the weekend progresses.
Hembery is anticipating drivers to need to pit twice across the 71-lap event on Sunday.
"We had a very green track today but despite that, wear and degradation has been low, particularly on the soft tyre," he said. "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."