Pirelli anticipate the teams who manages its tyres most effectively will be the most successful at the abrasive Sepang International Circuit for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Kuala Lumpur track is traditionally a circuit tough on tyres and Pirelli plan to counter this by supplying its P Zero Medium and Hard tyre compounds, as it has done since returning to Formula 1 in 2011.

Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery adds that the harsh asphalt at Sepang is one of the most testing on its tyre constructions and is expecting an even tougher challenge because of the quicker lap times.

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"The Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago confirmed what we saw in testing: lap times that are two seconds or more faster this year compared to last year," Hembery said. "This exponentially increases the workload on the tyres, something that will be particularly in evidence at Sepang, which has some of the most abrasive asphalt we race on all year and a number of fast corners that take a lot of energy out of the tyres, as well as high ambient temperatures.

"Wear and degradation is traditionally very high in Sepang, so managing the tyres and the strategy carefully will be key to success."

The tyre manufacturer forecast teams will run a minimum of two stops per car in Malaysia, which could increase if adverse weather conditions occur or a safety car period is required.

Last year the top four finishers all ran three stops, with fifth place Nico Hulkenberg finishing first out of the two-stoppers.