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Pirelli to reduce number of pit stops by British Grand Prix 12 May 2013

Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari comes in for a pitstop. Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 12 May 2013 Pirelli tyres.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, 9 May 2013

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery has said that the company are aiming to bring the number of pit stops per race down in time for the British Grand Prix on June 30 following Sunday’s pit stop-dominated race in Spain.

The Italian manufacturer has helped to promote some fantastic racing since becoming Formula One racing’s official tyre supplier in 2011, but Hembery admitted that the Formula 1 Gran Premio de España 2013 at Barcelona - won by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on a four-stop strategy - featured too many stops.

“Our aim is to have (each car make) between two and three stops at every race, so it’s clear that four is too many: in fact, it’s only happened once before, in Turkey during our first year in the sport,” he said.

“We’ll be looking to make some changes, in time for Silverstone, to make sure that we maintain our target and solve any issues rapidly.”

In total, there were 79 pit stops in the race at Barcelona, with the majority of runners (12) opting for a four-stop strategy. Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen finished the highest of the six three-stop runners, coming home in second.

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