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Pirelli Pledges Fewer Pit Stops In Time For British Grand Prix
May 13, 2013
Motorsport director Paul Hembery admitted that the Formula 1 Gran Premio de España 2013 at Barcelona—won by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on a four-stop strategy—featured too many stops.
Pirelli Pledges Fewer Pit Stops In Time For British Grand Prix

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery has said that the company is aiming to bring the number of pit stops per race down in time for the British Grand Prix on June 30 following a pit stop-dominated race in Spain.

The Italian manufacturer has helped to promote some fantastic racing since becoming Formula One racing’s official tire supplier in 2010, but Hembery admitted that the Formula 1 Gran Premio de España 2013 at Barcelona—won by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on a four-stop strategy—featured too many stops.

“Our aim is to have (each car make) between two and three stops at every race, so it’s clear that four is too many: in fact, it’s only happened once before, in Turkey during our first year in the sport,” he said.

“We’ll be looking to make some changes, in time for Silverstone, to make sure that we maintain our target and solve any issues rapidly.”

In total, there were 79 pit stops in the race at Barcelona, with the majority of runners (12) opting for a four-stop strategy. Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen finished the highest of the six three-stop runners, coming in second.