Date published: January 13 2019
Pirelli have downplayed talk of two mandatory stops during a grand prix, saying it is not the “right solution” for the sport.
Formula 1’s powers-that-be continue to debate various ways to spice up the racing after too many dull races in recent times.
One suggestion has been mandatory two stops.
However, Pirelli’s F1 boss Mario Isola does not believe this is the solution to the sport’s problems.
“There was a lot of talk about imposing two stops by regulation,” Isola told Reuters.
“I’m not sure that is the right solution because you have the risk of all the cars stopping on the same lap.”
What Pirelli want instead are tyres that allow drivers to push hard whether it is a one stop or two stop grand prix.
The Italian manufacturer is keen to put out rubber that has a “consistent” performance throughout a grand prix.
“We want to be a bit more conservative because if we have one stop races anyway, at this point it’s much better that we give drivers a bit more consistent tyres and they can push more and maybe we have a better show on track,” he said.
He, however, concedes that doing away with the over-heating that led to several complaints in 2018 is not an easy task.
“We made some improvement on the product itself, we’ve different compounds in order to reduce the over-heating.
“But the over-heating is not avoidable when you follow another car and you lose a lot of downforce.”