On this weekend the F1, championship where many teams involved are equipped by BMC, race on Monaco Circuit. The famous street circuit is well-known for having the lowest average speed and tyre degradation of the year: as such a one-stop race is the most likely scenario. But how the different teams approach this demanding and unforgiving race strategically is much more uncertain...
Pirelli, having brought the three hardest compounds in the range to the last Grand Prix in Spain, now brings the three softest compounds to a completely different type of circuit, Monaco, featuring soft, supersoft and ultrasoft.
Some teams are introducing further upgrade packages as well as specific parts for Monaco, but overall performance is not always the deciding factor in the Principality.
Former Monaco winner Jenson Button returns to Formula 1 with McLaren for the first time since last year, deputising for Fernando Alonso, who is competing in the Indy 500.
As is traditional in Monaco, there is no F1 track action on Friday, with free practice instead taking place on Thursday.
The analysis of…
Mario Isola – Pirelli Motorsport – Head of Car Racing
“The three softest compounds are the obvious choice for Monaco, but there is still plenty of scope for strategic variation, because wear and degradation is so low that the teams can more or less choose whenever they would like to make their single pit stop from ultrasoft to supersoft, which should be the standard choice for the race. This is the first Grand Prix that the drivers have been able to select their own tyre allocations, and as expected the nominations have overwhelmingly favoured the ultrasoft. This is the tyre that will be used the most in both qualifying and the race”.
Curiosities & numbers
1.31 bar(19.0 psi) minimum starting pressures (front slick)
1.24 bar(18.0 psi) minimum starting pressures (rear slicks)
-4.25° camber limit (front)
-3.00° camber limit (rear)