In Pirelli do not exclude the strategy of two pit stopsMarch 16, 2019
Since 2014, Lewis Hamilton has consistently won the pole in Melbourne, and this season is no exception. The prize from Pirelli for the victory in qualifying he was awarded by Alan Jones, the champion of 1980 and the only Australian who ever won the Australian Grand Prix (in the same 1980).
According to the Italian tire manufacturers, in the race some pilots can use the strategy of two pit stops. Theoretically, this is the fastest way to get to the finish line, and although teams usually prefer a more reliable version with one tire change, this time may be different for two reasons: hot weather will lead to increased Soft tire wear, and a prize for the best lap may provoke some return to Soft at the end of the race.
Mario Isola, Head of Auto Racing Unit: “As usual, the best results were shown at the end of each session. The temperature of asphalt decreased, the struggle was very acute, which only emphasizes the density of the results in the first weekend of the season. Each tire was effective, and in the first part of the qualification Ferrari demonstrated a good speed on the Medium.
On paper, all three potential strategies are very close, but in the race you will need to monitor the temperature and wear of Soft tires. At higher temperatures, wear of Soft tires tends to increase, which may force teams to move to a more rigid composition earlier, or stop more than once. ”
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