Paul Hembery admits Pirelli will be disappointed if drivers need to stop four times in the Spanish Grand Prix.
The 2013 race in Barcelona saw Fernando Alonso ease to victory on a four-stop strategy ahead of the three-stopping Kimi Raikkonen, and despite it being a popular home victory Hembery said at the time that strategy had played too big a role with so many stops. With new compounds for 2014, Hembery says the Circuit de Catalunya will be a good test of how well Pirelli has done this year and hopes to see a maximum of three stops.
“It's often said that Barcelona provides the most accurate representation of the form a season will take, because a car that performs well in Barcelona should perform well everywhere,” Hember said. “The same is true of the tyres, because the Spanish circuit is one of the most demanding circuits we race on all year.
“Long and fast corners such as Turn Three put a huge amount of energy into the tyres, as a result of which degradation is high. The track surface is also quite abrasive, and ambient temperatures can be high, which increase the workload on the tyres further.
“In the past we've seen up to four pit stops in Spain. With the changes we have made to the tyres this year, we would now hope to see no more than three for the majority of drivers.
And Hembery added he is pleased to have another opportunity to do some tyre testing following the race.
“We made a solid start to our preparations for next year with the first dedicated in-season tyre tests in Bahrain. We're looking forward to building on that work with four teams in Spain after the grand prix.”