Pirelli predict two-stop Monaco Grand Prix
The Formula One supplier will bring the yellow banded soft and red banded super-soft compounds to the prestigious race, one that Motorsport Director Paul Hembery is intrigued to see how it pans out.
Speaking in a statement from Pirelli, he shared his prediction for this weekends strategies. “In Monaco we’d expect an average of two pit stops per car, because in complete contrast to the last race at Barcelona, Monaco has very low tyre wear and degradation.”
Despite the expected fall in stop numbers, the Brit still believes strategy will play an important part in the race. “In the past we have seen drivers trying completely different strategies yet ending up very close to each other at the finish,” he said, perhaps referring most recently to last years race where Sebastian Vettel defied the norm to leap from 10th place on the grid to fourth. The German used last years typical one stop strategy but started on the soft tyre, leaving him with the super-soft for the final stint.
12 months ago, Mark Webber drove to victory in rather processional style around the twisty streets of Monte Carlo, Hembery shared his interest in seeing if anyone can win the race from lower down on the grid like we saw last time out in Spain. “The last race in Spain was won from lower down on the grid than it has ever been won before, so it will be interesting to see if this pattern can repeat itself in Monaco: a track that is renowned for being difficult to overtake on.”
With this, he expects “strategy” to become “even more important than usual.”
This weekends race will be the last run on the current compound structure, with small tweaks being put in place for the seventh round of the season in Canada.
Image courtesy of Pirelli Media
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