Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery has said that the Japanese Grand Prix was always going to be close, largely due to the small difference between the two and three-stop strategies.
As they predicted, the majority of drivers completed a two-stop race but degradation did prove to be an issue for some. Suzuka is light on tyre wear due to the low traction demands but degradation was the limiting factor during the race.
Explaining the strategies he said: 'This was always going to be a very close race, with little difference in lap times between the two nominated compounds. As a result we saw varied approaches to strategy, with both the medium and the hard tyre being used at different...
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