Formula 2 utilizes Pirelli wet tires at Monza, while GP3 uses soft slicks in an interrupted racing weekend
The Feature Race winner: For the second consecutive weekend, the first driver past the chequered flag did not win the race. Prema’s Antonio Fuoco was handed victory after Russian Time’s Luca Ghiotto was penalized. The race was extremely lively with a safety car and several changes of lead in the slippery and wet conditions, which led to all the drivers using the full wet tire from start to finish.
Luca Ghiotto: “In these conditions, also with the safety car, it wasn’t easy: it was a crazy race as is often the case when it’s wet and you really need to have the tires and the brakes ready. In the end though I was still able to overtake”.
The Feature Race alternative strategy: Although there was no variation in the tire compounds used because of the wet conditions – with everyone staying on Pirelli’s wet tires from the lights to the flag – there was still a lot of different choices on the obligatory pit stop timings, in order to maximize track position and minimize traffic. Russian Time’s Artem Markelov was the first to make a scheduled stop on lap six, as soon as the pit stop window opened, while the leaders left it until lap 18.
The Sprint Race winner: In dry conditions, Ghiotto made up for Saturday’s disappointment by winning the sprint race after charging through the field in a brilliantly controlled drive using the medium tire compound. There were a variety of different strategies, with two drivers also changing to the soft tire late in the 21-lap race.
The Feature Race winner: The weather caused massive disruption to the GP3 schedule with both the qualifying session and Saturday’s race cancelled because of schedule delays. This meant that the only GP3 race of the weekend was on Sunday, using the times set in free practice on Friday to form the grid.
ART claimed a one-two-three to take the teams’ title at the Monza circuit. It was a dramatic delayed feature race with the polesitter Nirei Fukuzimi absent, with a failed start due to an electrical problem. The race was run exclusively on Pirelli’s soft tire compound, with George Russell managing the tire compound perfectly to fight his way into the lead.
QUOTE FROM MARIO ISOLA, PIRELLI’S HEAD OF CAR RACING:
“It was a difficult weekend at Monza, with mixed conditions on Friday, wet weather on Saturday and a totally dry track on Sunday, leading to the cancellation of several sessions. This meant that the drivers often had to race with extremely limited information on tire behavior, and adapt race strategies and driving styles accordingly. While the Formula 2 race on Saturday was dominated by the wet tire, there were some interesting strategies on Sunday with both the medium and soft tire seen in the sprint race. Finally, it was a great privilege to help unveil the new 2018 Formula 2 car in our fitting area on Thursday. Formula 2’s reputation for great racing and solid preparation for Formula 1 is assured again for the future. I’d also like to congratulate ART for winning the GP3 teams’ title this weekend at Monza.”
Formula 2 and GP3 will now enjoy a stand-alone race separate to Formula 1 at the Jerez circuit in Spain from October 6-8, which is the only time all year.
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