Following a season so far blighted by acrimonious rows with teams and speculation about its Formula One future, Pirelli will be hoping for a nice easy ride at its home Grand Prix in Italy this weekend.
The tyre manufacturer has nominated its P Zero Orange hard tyres and P Zero medium tyres for the Monza circuit, where the tyres play a crucial role in the outcome of the race and present several strategy options.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, said: “Monza is obviously our home race, only around half an hour away from our headquarters in Milan.
“It’s very easy to see why the place has been called ‘the temple of speed’: it’s actually the quickest circuit that we go to all year, and the long straights and fast corners put plenty of energy through the tyres.
“This means that overheating and blistering can be a problem if not controlled. So correct tyre management can have a very important effect on the race and the strategy, and this is something that the teams will assess during free practice on Friday.
“Not only the performance of the tyres is tested here but also the durability, as there are plenty of high-speed impacts with the kerbs, which represent another important aspect of this race.
“Monza is one of the most popular races of the year, with lots of tifosi, and we are very much looking forward to it.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team