Formula One (F1) drivers competing at the Indian Grand Prix should expect a significant difference in lap times when using the hard and soft Pirelli tyres, it has been claimed.
Narain Karthikeyan, the current test driver for the HRT team, expressed his belief that teams will barely use the hard tyre as it is expected to be around two seconds slower per lap than the soft compound.
He said: "I'd expect the teams to use the hard as little as possible: maybe just a short final stint in the race as the benefits in lap time produced by the soft tyre should outweigh its shorter life as the track surface isn't abrasive at all and track temperatures I think should be under 40 degrees during the weekend."
Mr Karthikeyan added that the 600m-long pit lane will also play a part in team's strategy as drivers try and get through the race with as few stops as possible.
This Sunday (October 29th) will mark the first time that a grand prix has been held in India.
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