Pirelli help lap records tumble in Monaco

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Pirelli ultrasoft tyres have helped achieve the fastest lap of the 75-year history Monaco Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel finished the second practice session with a time of 1m12.720s.

“Monaco is not a circuit that generally holds many surprises,” said Pirelli Head of car racing Mario Isola. “We saw very limited running on the soft and the majority of action on the ultrasoft, exactly as we expected.

The unique Monaco Grand Prix weekend features the regular Friday practice sessions on Thursday with the roads that make up the famous circuit being open to the public on Friday, this means the usual Friday rubber that is laid down on the circuit may be cleared in some areas.

“Even this compound is on the hard spectrum for the very specific low-grip conditions of Monaco: Ideally we would bring specialised compounds for this event, even softer than the current ultrasoft. “ added Isola.

“Nonetheless, we already saw the fastest-ever lap of Monaco even in FP1, which subsequently became even faster in FP2. Some drivers who want to do something different in qualifying might choose to run the Supersoft in Q2 on Saturday: in the event of an early safety car, this is a gamble that could pay off.”