Pirelli’s motorsport director has put his faith in the new 2013 compounds and says he expects teams to run strategies with ‘two or three’ pit stops during this Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.
Motorsport director Paul Hembery was quick to defend the tyres after their unconvincing debut in Spain and blamed the Spanish climate for the unusual degradation of the compounds.
“Cold weather conditions during pre-season testing meant that we weren’t able to showcase them to the best of their abilities,” he said. “But we are expecting a different story in Albert Park.”
“[We’re expecting] two-or-three stops per car.”
The little-understood 2012 tyres were one of the reasons for the chaotic start to last year’s campaign, wherein seven different drivers won in as many races.
For 2013 the supplier has broadened the difference between each compound and expects this will create more interesting racing than seen last year.
“The performance gaps between the compounds are also larger, which means that teams have a greater opportunity to use strategy to their advantage.”
Though the Albert Park circuit is extremely ‘green’ and slippery during Friday practice in particular, Pirelli believes the faster warm-up time of the 2013 compounds should allow the drivers to push earlier in the weekend than has been seen in previous weekends.