Pirelli outlines Brazilian Grand Prix strategy options

Daniel Ricciardo - Brazilian GP 2019

Pirelli has outlined that a one-stop strategy will be the quickest approach for Formula 1’s Brazilian Grand Prix

Last year’s event was won by the one-stopping Lewis Hamilton, who was able to fend off the charging Max Verstappen, following the Red Bull driver's clash with Esteban Ocon.

For Sunday’s race, the top-10 starters will be on the red-marked Soft tyres, while Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will start on the yellow-ringed Medium tyres from 14th, having been relegated due to an engine penalty.

Those who did not make it through to Q3 will have a free choice of starting tyres for the 71-lap Grand Prix.

Pirelli believes a one-stop strategy on the Soft/Hard compounds will be the fastest way to approach the race, stopping between laps 26-29 to switch to the Hards until the chequered flag.

An alternative - slightly slower one-stop strategy - is to go through the Soft/Medium compounds, making a stop between laps 34-37 laps to make the switch to the Mediums.

A potential two-stopping strategy has been taken into consideration as one of the slowest ways to complete the race, completing two stints on the Softs ranging from 18-21 laps and then running the Mediums until the finish.

The slowest strategy according to Pirelli would a one-stop approach by starting on the Mediums and running for 24-27 laps and then switching to the Hards for the remainder of the race.

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"As expected, track temperatures were warmer in qualifying, well above 30 degrees centigrade for the first time so far this weekend, which meant that the track offered a bit more grip," said Mario Isola, head of F1 and car racing.

"This increase in temperature is expected to continue [for the race], which means that we could see some variations in strategy. With three different teams in the top three of the grid, we're set for some close competition, so even a small change could make a difference.

"The front of the grid all start on the Soft tyre, which means that it's a level playing field for the first stint at least: whoever makes the most of it could gain an important advantage."

The tight, twisty and bumpy Interlagos circuit coupled with the variable ambient temperature changes will make for a tough challenge throughout the race.