Milan, August 28, 2017 – For its home race in Monza, Pirelli will bring the medium, soft and supersoft tyres, just 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 that those high speeds will put through them. In particular, with the latest cars, cornering speeds will be appreciably higher in Parabolica and Lesmo. With Italy emerging from one of the hottest summers ever, temperatures could be high during the Italian Grand Prix weekend: increasing demands on the tyres still further.
THE THREE NOMINATED COMPOUNDS
THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW
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 tyres because of the extra downforce under the new regulations. This combination of speed and downforce defines the amount of work that the tyres have to do. The tyre 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 tyre 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 tyre 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 tyres 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 Audi WRT team emerging as the winner, using the Pirelli P Zero DHD tyre.
MONZA MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS
EOS CAMBER LIMIT
THE TYRES NOMINATED THIS SEASON