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Pirelli expect 'three to four stops' at Silverstone

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Paul Hembery, Pirelli's motorsport director, has said Formula 1's sole tyre supplier is anticipating twice as many pit-stops at this weekend's British Grand Prix than were seen in last year's race.

"Last year we saw two-stop strategies in dry conditions after two wet days," Hembery told Formula1.com.

"But this year the compounds are softer, so if it stays dry we could have between three and four stops."

Jean Alesi, former Grand-Prix-driver-cum-Pirelli-ambassador, was quick to defend the supplier's choice in tyres for the British Grand Prix.

"[Silverstone is] a demanding circuit on the tyres, not so much because of traction and braking, but more because of the high levels of down-force," the one-time Grand Prix winner said to Pirelli.com.

"The hard and medium tyres are a good choice."

Silverstone will be the fourth time the medium and hard-compound tyre combination has been supplied in 2013. 

The pairing has been previously provided for this year's Spanish, Bahrain and Malaysian Grands Prix.

Should Hembery's prediction ring true, the Italian supplier should expect continued criticism in response to its unpopular 'softer' 2013 compounds.

Pirelli has been the focus of attention for the past week after it and the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team faced an International Tribunal in response to an alleged 'illegal' in-season test. 

Despite protests from reigning World Champions Red Bull Racing and Ferrari,  the pair were let off lightly: Pirelli escaped without punishment and Mercedes were banned only from the Young Drivers Test scheduled for mid-July.

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel leads the Formula 1 World Championship with 132 points going into the British Grand Prix. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is second (96 points) and Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen is third (88).


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