Pirelli tyres are predicting F1 teams will be taking between two and four pit stops per race, depending on the driver and the circuit.
During the final test session at Barcelona this week several teams ran race simulations with differing results, but typically three stops.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, said: “We’ve seen some interesting race simulations, but the teams are obviously playing tactics because we’ve seen some comments that aren’t matching some of the tactics and vice-a-versa. What we’ve seen is between a two and four stop strategy developing depending on the team.”
He said the aim was for the hard compound to last 25 laps in good conditions while the soft is expected to do between 15 and 20 laps. At the first three races Pirelli will run the hard and soft compounds – rather than the medium and super-soft.
However, Pirelli are still expecting the first race in Australia to throw up a few surprises.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team