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Pirelli Italian Grand Prix preview -
Monza, Italy, 2-4 September 2016

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW:
•    While average speeds are high, cornering speeds are reasonably low, minimising tyre wear.
•    This means that some teams could aim for a one-stop strategy.
•    Heavy longitudinal forces act on tyres, especially under braking and traction in the two chicanes.
•    The drivers tend to hit the famous kerbs at Monza hard, which further tests the tyre structure.
•    Parabolica and Curva Grande are particularly challenging, as they are long corners putting plenty of energy through the tyres.
•    Low downforce means braking and acceleration is tricky: drivers must try to avoid wheelspin.

THE THREE NOMINATED COMPOUNDS: 
•    White medium: a mandatory set that will be important for the race if using a one-stop strategy.
•    Yellow soft: again a mandatory set, could come into play for a two-stop strategy in particular.
•    Red supersoft: mandatory in qualifying; most of the top 10 are very likely to start on this tyre.

HOW IT WAS A YEAR AGO:    
•    Lewis Hamilton dominated the weekend with a grand slam. He used a one-stop strategy, starting on soft and changing to medium on lap 26 (of 53). The entire top 10 stopped just once.
•    Best alternative strategy: Daniel Ricciardo was the highest-placed driver to start on the medium tyre and then change to soft, going from 19th on the grid to eighth at the finish.
      
PAUL HEMBERY, PIRELLI MOTORSPORT DIRECTOR:        
“With Monza coming straight after Spa, that’s two epic circuits in the space of just over one week, but for any organisation in Formula 1, your home race is always the most special of the year. It’s going to be a busy weekend for us as a result, and with the supersoft coming to Monza for the first time, we might also see some record top speeds in qualifying especially. Last year we saw the majority of competitors opt for a one-stop strategy, but the arrival of the supersoft could make multi-stop options more attractive this time.”

WHAT’S NEW?   
•    There are no changes to Monza this year, but major changes are planned for 2017 with a new first corner bypassing the Curva Grande. So this will be the last race on the ‘classic’ layout.
•    After Monza, Pirelli’s 2017 tyre test campaign using mule cars will resume with Ferrari at Barcelona (September 6-7) and Mercedes at Paul Ricard (September 6-8).
•    As was the case in Belgium, Pirelli will supply some prototype tyres (without coloured markings) for Friday’s free practice sessions only. These are designed to better resist multiple impacts or damage from foreign bodies.

OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE CAUGHT OUR EYE RECENTLY:
•    Six sets of Formula 1 team mates have chosen different tyre allocations for Monza
•    Exclusive Pirelli P Zero tyres will be seen on the new Lamborghini Centenario, set to be unveiled at Salon Privé in the United Kingdom during the same weekend as Monza.

TYRES NOMINATED SO FAR: 
                              Purple              Red              Yellow          White           Orange
Australia                                        Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
Bahrain                                          Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
China                                             Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
Russia                                            Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
Spain                                                                    Soft            Medium        Hard
Monaco                 Ultrasoft          Supersoft      Soft        
Canada                  Ultrasoft          Supersoft      Soft        
Azerbaijan                                     Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
Austria                   Ultrasoft          Supersoft      Soft        
Great Britain                                                        Soft             Medium        Hard
Hungary                                         Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
Germany                                        Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
Belgium                                          Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
Italy                                                Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
Singapore             Ultrasoft           Supersoft      Soft        
Malaysia                                                               Soft             Medium         Hard
Japan                                                                   Soft             Medium         Hard
United States                                 Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
Mexico                                            Supersoft      Soft             Medium    
Brazil                                                                    Soft              Medium         Hard
Abu Dhabi             Ultrasoft           Supersoft     Soft

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