Pirelli predicts two pit-stops in Austria

Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli is predicting two pit-stops at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull Ring, formerly known as the A1-Ring and before that the Osterreichring, returns to the calendar after a 10-year absence this season, with Pirelli opting to provide its Super Soft and Soft tire compounds.

"It's always exciting to go to a new circuit: everyone starts on a level playing field, with the teams and drivers who dial themselves into the new conditions soonest coming out on top," said Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery.

"Based on the asphalt samples and track inspections from our engineers, we believe that the two softest compounds in our range will deliver the best compromise between performance and grip on a circuit where the teams are expected to run high downforce.

"Simulation data suggests that we will see a two-stop race, but this is subject to weather conditions and track evolution, which we will only understand properly after free practice."

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