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In the round-up: Pirelli’s Mario Isola expects that one stop strategies will be the norm for 2022 races this season

In brief

Pirelli expect one-stops at “most races” in 2022

Pirelli’s Mario Isola says he expects that one-stop strategies will be commonplace during the 2022 F1 season.

With a combination of dramatic aerodynamic changes to cars and new 18-inch low profile wheels for this upcoming season, Isola expects reduced tyre degradation during races this year.

“We are expecting a performance that is in line with the current tires, but the car is different, the downforce is different and maybe we will have a small difference in performance,” Isola told Tire Technology International.

“I’m expecting most of the races will be one-stop, simply because if you have less degradation and tires with the characteristics I have mentioned, there is no reason to have more than one stop. If we have really close racing and we have action on track, who cares about the pit stops?”

Mazepin did not watch races back on TV

Haas driver Nikita Mazepin says he has not watched any of the races from his rookie season in F1 back on TV.

Despite saying that watching F1 as a child was “something I seriously was looking forward to during my day” growing up, Mazepin says he has not done so with any races he’s competed in.

“In a way, I very much miss sitting in front of a TV because, thanks to me being in F1, I actually have never watched one start this year so far,” Mazepin said.

“So the good commentary – ‘lights out and away we go’ – I am not getting many of that.”

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