Pirelli expects one-stop trend to continue
19 June 2017 – Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli expects a one-stop strategy to be favoured by teams once more at the upcoming round of the championship in Azerbaijan this weekend.
With sole supplier Pirelli having produced more durable rubber this season, four of the seven Grands Prix held in 2017 have been won by drivers adopting one-stop strategies.
For the race around the streets of Baku, Pirelli anticipates the trend will continue, with Nico Rosberg having stopped once en route to victory 12 months ago, switching from Super Softs to Softs after 21 laps.
Pirelli's choice of Super Soft, Soft and Medium tyres mirrors last year's selection for the visit to the Baku City Circuit, the second-longest track on the calendar.
"Following Monaco and Montréal, Baku is the third non-permanent, low-grip venue in succession, but it has a very different character," commented Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Car Racing.
"The lap is a lot faster, with more energy going through the tyres, and track temperatures could be very high, like last year.
"For these reasons, we've chosen a range of tyres in the middle of the spectrum, which worked well in 2016.
"Maybe a surprise back then was that there were no Safety Cars, despite predictions to the contrary, so this could be a factor to consider when formulating race strategy.
"With a combination of low-speed corners and long straights, it's quite hard to find the right balance, especially in terms of downforce."