Pirelli could not give an exact answer about the number of pit stops in Sunday's Hungarian GP. As even the softest compound has showed good consistency, the one-stop-strategy could be a possibility on the very hot track.
F1's sole tyre manufacturer brought the trio of supersoft-soft-medium to the slow-speed track of Hungary. As the two softer compounds showed a significant advantage in terms of grip and a good durability, the medium which is the hardest compound available at the weekend, has been hardly used so far and might not make an appearance in the 70-lap-long race.
Speaking to F1technical.net at the Hungaroring, Mario Isola revealed that Pirelli is still unsure which strategy it the best way to approach the 32th Hungarian GP. By Pirelli's calculations, the two-stop-strategy seems to be the faster one, but the usual traffic around the twisty Hungaroring might force the strategists to work out the best one-stop option.
Pirelli's head of car racing, Mario Isola was surprised to see lap times tumbling like crazy in the qualifying session on a scorching day at the Hungaroring.
“The most remarkable thing about today was the margin by which last year’s pole time was beaten, with the top six cars setting times of under 1m17s. We had more than 50 degrees of track temperature, opening up the possibility of either one or two pit stops tomorrow depending on degradation rates, which will be assessed during the race,” said Isola.
From the top teams, it is only Ferrari which managed to save two sets of soft compound while Red Bull is the only top team to have a new set of supersofts in reserve for both its drivers.