Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Pirelli expects strategy shift from “aggressive” tyres

2013 Indian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2012Pirelli believe its change of tyre compounds for this weekend’s race in India will lead teams to use more aggressive strategies.

The hard and soft tyres have been used for both previous races at the Buddh International Circuit, but this year the medium and soft compounds have been chosen.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said their previous choices of compounds “might have been slightly on the conservative side”.

“This year we?ve gone for a softer and slightly more aggressive choice,” said Hembery.

“We only had one pit stop per car in India last year, but this year we would expect two ?ǣ which also provides the drivers and teams with more opportunities to make up places.

F1’s official tyre supplier is bringing a softer selection of tyres for this weekend’s race for only the second time this year – as it also did in Australia. As the 2013 rubber is softer than that used last year, its Pirelli’s of compounds for most races this season have been the same as last year or harder.

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