Pirelli eyes two stops in Monaco

Tuesday 21-May-2013 08:24

The pit stop drama from Barcelona is unlikely to be repeated at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

Pirelli copped a lot of flak in the wake of the Spanish GP where cars stopped on average four times, and they initially revealed they would revert back to last year's tyres later in the season only for the FIA to reject the proposal.

The drama of Spain, though, won't be replicated on the streets of Monte Carlo as Pirelli believes drivers will average two stops in the race.

"In Monaco we'd expect an average of two pit stops per car, because in complete contrast to the last race at Barcelona, Monaco has very low tyre wear and degradation," Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said.

"This doesn't make the race any less strategic however, as in the past we have seen drivers trying completely different strategies yet ending up very close to each other at the finish.

"The last race in Spain was won from lower down on the grid than it has ever been won before, so it will be interesting to see if this pattern can repeat itself in Monaco: a track that is renowned for being difficult to overtake on. Because of this, strategy will become even more important than usual, with teams trying to use tactics to improve on their starting positions."

The top 10 finishers in the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix all stopped only once, around the 30-lap mark, and only two cars started on the super soft tyre.

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