Five themes to watch for in Australia

Five themes to watch for in Australia

AUTOSPORT's Formula 1 editor Edd Straw picks the five key storylines ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix

TWO STOPS VERSUS THREE STOPS

Michael Schumacher summed it up succinctly, telling AUTOSPORT after qualifying that "the tyres have performed much better than anticipated and when people were talking before about three to four pitstops, now two to three is the most likely to happen."

So you can forget all the talk about cars stopping every four or five laps for tyres. As Schumacher says, it's now all about working out whether a two-stopper can be made to work.

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