Pirelli expects usual two stops in Hungary
22 July 2014 – Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery believes teams and drivers will opt for the usual two stops in the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.
Pirelli will supply its Medium and Soft compound tyres for the 11th round in the championship, last used in combination in China and Bahrain and prior to that in Australia, for the season opener.
"Hungary is well-known for being a tricky layout, where it's difficult to overtake and to find a perfect set-up for the whole lap. This means that strategy is especially important, as it offers a rare opportunity to gain track position," Hembery said.
"The weather is normally a talking point in Hungary, but having seen how our tyres performed in the very hot track temperatures of Hockenheim [last weekend], we're confident that this shouldn't be a problem.
"The tyres we are bringing to Hungary are a step harder, to deal with the increased demands, so we would expect the usual two pit stops – although we will only have a better idea of this once we get to free practice on Friday."
Meanwhile, Hembery added that he was pleased with how things went in Germany: "We saw plenty of close racing – sometimes very close racing – and that also affected tyre wear and degradation," he continued.
"As expected there were between two and three pit stops, with two of the podium finishers, including the winner, stopping just twice.
"Although he stopped one more time than his direct rivals, Lewis Hamilton's strategy allowed him to come right into contention from a long way down the grid.
"Our choice of the Soft and Super Soft ensured plenty of action and some exciting battles from start to finish, despite several different strategies being played out."