Pirelli’s supersoft tyres will be making their debut at the famous Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.
The P Zero Red supersoft will be partnered alongside the P Zero Yellow soft tyres to take on the challenge of tackling the circuit which is home to the slowest, tightest but also most prestigious race of the season.
With the street circuit relying almost exclusively on mechanical grip, it is ideal territory for the supersoft – which benefits from a rapid warm-up time and is capable of generating very high levels of traction and cornering forces.
This is particularly important during qualifying: with so few opportunities to overtake in Monaco, being as far up the grid as possible is even more important than usual.
For the same reason, race strategy has a profound effect. It is often easier to make up positions in the pits through an effective strategy rather than by passing on the track.
Tyre wear and degradation is the lowest seen all season, making a one-stop strategy a distinct possibility for some teams.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s Motorsport Director, said: “Monaco is a highlight of the season and a place where our supersoft and soft tyres have provided plenty of entertainment in the past.
“Last year, we had three drivers on three different strategies set for a grandstand finish – before a red flag got in the way.
“The supersoft is the only compound that remains unaltered from last year, as it proved to be so effective on circuits like Monaco, but of course the profile has been re-designed to better suit the 2012 regulations.
“With the wear rate being so low in Monaco, the drivers will be able to push at their hardest from start to finish.
“Tyre strategy will be very important in Monaco, where on-track overtaking is more difficult than anywhere else.
“Having said that, the Principality has a history of often springing a surprise. With the cars so evenly matched now, even the slightest advantage or smallest mistake can have a big impact on the final outcome of a race, as we’ve seen so far this season.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team