It looks like the F1 title championship will be settled this weekend at the Japanese Grand Prix, so it comes as no surprise that Pirelli is already devoting a lot of effort to planning the tyres for next year.
With this in mind it looks like the Italian tyres manufacturer is set to go down an ultra-aggressive road with its tyre choice for the rest of this season to test the impact it has on the racing, according to a report in AUTOSPORT.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, thinks Pirelli has opted for a radical choice for Korea – to see if that will force teams to racing on the harder compound choice – which will be the ‘soft’ there.
He told AUTOSPORT: “We want to push people to running on the soft, and try and see what happens. It might be a four stop, but we have said all along that we are aiming for two or three. We have had quite a few twos, we had one or two fours in a season, and it averages out.
“We don’t have testing so sometimes we are going to push things, and it will make it easier if the championship is decided. We need to understand that for next season to make our choice aggressive again.”
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel only needs to get one point from the remaining five races to seal the title. He is 124 points ahead of his nearest rival, McLaren racer Jenson Button, with only 125 still available in a season.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team