Round 13 of 20
Monza, 1-3 September 2017
Pirelli will bring its medium, soft and supersoft tires for its home race in Monza, as was the case last year. This selection has been chosen to provide the optimal balance between performance on the track known as the ‘temple of speed’, and durability to cope with the energy loads of those high speeds. In particular, with the latest cars, cornering speeds will be significantly higher in Parabolica and Lesmo. With Italy experiencing one of the hottest summers ever, temperatures could be high during the Italian Grand Prix weekend, increasing demands on the tires even further.
THE THREE NOMINATED TIRE COMPOUNDS
THE CIRCUIT FROM A TIRE POINT OF VIEW
• Monza is characterized by long straights: in theory, this could mean a lower gap time gain compared to other tracks, due to the extra drag of this year’s high-downforce cars.
• Monza is about longitudinal forces, acceleration and braking, rather than lateral.
• There are also some big curbs that test the tire’s structure with heavy impacts.
• While there’s unlikely to be an increase in top speed in Curva Grande, entry speeds for Parabolica and Lesmo will be up to 19mph faster.
• Teams generally run very low downforce to maximize top speeds. This can make acceleration and braking tricky.
• A one-stop strategy won last year but two and three stop strategies were also seen.
• It’s a circuit that rewards power, so the focus will be primarily on engine performance.
MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“With the new generation of 2017 cars, we may see lower or similar top speeds to last year, but with more energy going through the tires because of the extra downforce under the new regulations. This combination of speed and downforce defines the amount of work that the tires have to do. The tire choice has also been influenced by the risk of blistering at Monza, as there are plenty of braking areas in a straight line. This means that the cambered shoulder area of the tire can easily overheat and so cause more blistering compared to other circuits. In the past Monza has given us many different types of weather, but following a very hot summer, it’s reasonable to expect more high temperatures over the weekend. How this influences tire behaviour is likely to be a focus of free practice as the teams examine different potential strategies”.
• The next-generation Formula 2 car will be launched at Pirelli’s fitting area in Monza on Thursday, to be equipped with new P Zero tires specifically designed for it.
• German’s Marijan Griebel is the new Under 28 European Junior Rally Champion after winning his class in a Pirelli-equipped Skoda Fabia R5 on the Barum Czech Rally Zlin.
• Last weekend the Blancpain GT Series also took place at Budapest, with the Audi WRT team emerging as the winner using the Pirelli P Zero DHD tire.
MONZA MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)
|23.0 psi (front) – 21.0 psi (rear)|
EOS CAMBER LIMIT
|-3.00° (front) – -2.00° (rear)|
THE PIRELLI TIRES NOMINATED THIS SEASON
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