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“Monaco is unique” – Pirelli’s Mario Isola

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Credit: Wolfgang Wilhelm

For the first time since 2019, the FIA Formula One World Championship is heading for the Circuit de Monaco, for the historic Monaco Grand Prix.

After back to back races of the hardest compound of Pirelli tyres being used, this weekend will see softest compound being used, the C5. Not only is the Circuit de Monaco the shortest lap of the year, the track also consists of the lowest average speed and unsurprisingly the lowest corner speed.

Teams traditionally use a high downforce package for the Monaco Grand Prix where a one-stop strategy is usually used on race day. Tyre temperature is rarely an issue here as well with the shortness of the lap meaning one corner comes almost immediately after another.

Head of F1 and Car Racing at Pirelli Mario Isola, is very happy to be returning to Monaco this weekend at the circuit where strategy is arguably the most important.

“Monaco is unique, but its absence from the calendar since 2019 only emphasises its specific characteristics and makes us even more pleased to be going back there. Mechanical grip is key to success as is qualifying and strategy, with the renowned difficulty in overtaking.”

“This puts the accent firmly on track position, with the drivers having to extract the very maximum from the softest C5 tyre in qualifying. Strategy tends to be reactive, with teams making their stops at the moment that gives them the maximum advantage on track, thanks also to a wide pit stop window resulting from the very low tyre wear and degradation.”

Credit: Pirelli Media
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