Pirelli believes one-stop strategy the favourable option

Published on 11 Nov 2018 11:53

Pirelli says that the fastest strategy to compete the Brazilian Grand Prix is a one-stop. On Friday, blistering on the super soft tyres led some to believe that a two-stop strategy could be inviting for some teams.

However, Formula 1's official tyre supplier says that driver's starting on the red-walled super soft compound should be able to make it until around lap 25 to 30, before switching to the medium compound to take them to the end of the race.

Drivers who start on the soft compound will be expected to run until lap 32 to 25 before switching onto the harder medium tyre. Both Ferrari's will be starting on the soft compound, while the Mercedes duo will line up equipped with the super softs.

A two-stop strategy is not entirely out of the question. Should track conditions boast high temperature when the Grand Prix gets underway at Interlagos, two 20 to 22 lap stints on the super softs before switching to the softs until the end could prove to be ideal.


Starting compounds
Lewis Hamilton Super Soft
Sebastian Vettel Soft
Valtteri Bottas Super Soft
Kimi Raikkonen Soft
Max Verstappen Super Soft
Daniel Ricciardo Super Soft
Marcus Ericsson Super Soft
Charles Leclerc Super Soft
Romain Grosjean Super Soft
Pierre Gasly Super Soft
Kevin Magnussen  Free Choice
Sergio Perez Free Choice
Esteban Ocon Free Choice
Nico Hulkenberg Free Choice
Sergey Sirotkin Free Choice
Carlos Sainz Free Choice
Brendon Hartley Free Choice
Fernando Alonso Free Choice
Lance Stroll Free Choice
Stoffel Vandoorne Free Choice


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