Pirelli Motorsport‘s Mario Isola believes the tyres for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix will be about the longitude of the compounds, due to the importance of engine power for the circuit at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
The Italian tyre manufacturer will head to it’s home race at the legendary Italian circuit with the same compound selections from the Belgian Grand Prix.
Pirelli will bring the Medium, Soft and Supersoft tyres for the Grand Prix this weekend, the same selection from last year’s race.
The nature of Monza often favours speed and engine power and often doesn’t create much stress on the tyres despite most corners around the 3.6 mile circuit being low to medium speed corners.
Previewing their home race, Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing, Mario Isola says that engine power will play an importance here as the lateral forces will not be a major factor, with the compound being one step softer this season compare to last year.
“At Monza we have the same nomination as Belgium the weekend before: another rapid and historic Formula 1 venue,” said Isola.
“Monza is all about longitudinal rather than lateral forces though, where engine power also plays an important part. The latest generation of cars means that speeds will be generally even higher, while the compound nomination is effectively one step softer this season.
“It’s going to be interesting to see which effect this has, at a race that has always been won with a one-stopper over the past few years.”
Last weekend’s victory at Spa-Francorchamps saw Sebastian Vettel claim victory with a one-stop strategy, a common theme for most of the season.
Qualifying will be important as the chance of overtaking are limited, but last year saw Aston Martin Red Bull Racing‘s Daniel Ricciardo claw his way through the field from the back of the grid to fourth place.
Isola says that despite qualifying being historically important around Monza, strategy can play a crucial role in the race.
“Although qualifying well at Monza is historically important, Daniel Ricciardo’s impressive performance last year showed how strategy can make a vital difference,”
“We’ve already seen plenty of variation in the tyres that the teams have selected for the weekend, which demonstrates some different schools of thought when it comes to tyre strategy.”