Ferrari Urge Pirelli to Develop 2011 F1 Tires
Ferrari's team principal Stefano Domenicali admitted concerns that some races in the 2011 season will become chaotic due to the multiple pit-stop strategy that must be used in order for a driver to finish a Grand Prix. Although initial predictions from Pirelli's boss Paul Hembery pointed to 3-pitstop strategies for 2011, the latest race simulation in Barcelona indicated at least 4 pitstops need to be made by a driver through one and a half hours of racing.
“In the first race simulation in Barcelona, to achieve the best pace, we stopped four times,” Domenicali was quoted as saying in a recent interview with Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport. “On Sunday (in Melbourne) there will be at least three, because when the performance drops, it is useless to leave a driver on the track without pace.”
“We suggested that tires are made with a greater degradation in respect to 2010,” he admitted. “With Bridgestone you could almost drive a grand prix without stopping. But imagine the race here with so much traffic in the pits for 72 stops in 58 laps... I am concerned.”
Mercedes GP's boss Ross Brawn recently addressed the same issue, saying that most of the races in 2011 will be ran on 3-pitstop strategies. However, every once in a while, some Grands Prix will need 4 visits down the pitlane to do the trick, which will likely lead to some interesting (and quite confusing, at the same time) F1 racing in 2011.