Pirelli believes that Formula 1 will utilise two-stop strategies instead of three after the tyre testing in Abu Dhabi last month ended on a positive note.
Pirelli will be increasing the range of compounds available to teams the teams next year allowing for more strategic variation when it comes to choosing tyres and pit strategy.
Pirelli's Formula One racing manager Mario Isola stated:
"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.
"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."
During the Abu Dhabi test teams and drivers got to try out the new hypersoft compound with Lewis Hamilton making the bold claim that they are the best tyre Pirelli have produced since their return to Formula One, Vettel was pleased with the hypersoft and said:
"It's always nice to go fast, and the hypersoft is quite a step forward,"
"It's faster, so obviously now we need to see. Fairly soon Pirelli will have to decide where we'll be able to bring it and where we are not."
The hypersofts were one second a lap quicker than the ultra softs, which is a vast improvement, with Pirelli on schedule concerning the tyre choices for Australia with Pirelli choosing three different compounds allowing for a two-stop strategy, Pirelli ended with:
"We are allowed to jump one step – so we are not obliged to go with the soft, supersoft and ultrasoft for example," added Isola.
"We will tune the compounds' choice and selection to make sure we can generate different strategies. The average number of pitstops should be two. This is the target. We want alternative strategies."