Pirelli says that two-stop races will be more likely in 2018. The Italian marque has redesigned the tyres for next season, with the aim of adding more elements of strategy. For the 2017 season, the tyres were 25% wider than the previous year.
However, fans became disgruntled at the lack of strategic influence, with many races featuring a predictable one-stop for most teams. At the season finale in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli revealed its tyres for 2018, including two brand new compounds.
Speaking to Autosport, Pirelli chief Mario Isola outlined his aims for next year: "Considering all the range is one step softer, plus we have the hypersoft, we now have the option to go soft enough to target two stops," he said. "I believe that three stops is a bit too much because we know it can be a bit confusing to have too many stops. We will try to make the selection of having two stops or one of the fastest strategies a two-stop.
"There is another advantage with more compounds and a softer step, you give the teams the possibility to design the car that is more gentle on the tyres, so you can push the tyre towards the softer side. This is an additional variable that is up to the teams, and we give to everybody the same opportunity."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing