By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone will bring a non-consecutive dry tyres allocation to the streets of the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time ever this weekend.
The medium and super soft tyres will tackle the slippery 3.34km streets course through Monte Carlo marking a change from the usual allocation of soft and super soft.
The Monaco Grand Prix is the shortest on the calendar and it’s also the lowest average speed circuit, due to its tight and twisty nature.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “The street course in Monaco is a difficult circuit for drivers and tyre engineers.
“It is made up of public roads which uniquely are still used by the public over the course of a Grand Prix weekend. This means that track evolution is not the same as we would see at other venues. The actual track surface is very smooth as it is polished by the use of road vehicles, and finding grip is a priority for drivers.
“After reviewing last year’s data and because of the changes in positioning for our compounds this season, we can use the super soft and medium at Monaco.
“In higher temperatures with a good track surface our medium compound should work very well and combined with the super soft we are confident about this allocation.
“However, we must also remember that we have had many exciting wet races in Monaco in the past, and the unforgiving nature of the barriers is often experienced.”