The two softest tyres in Pirelli’s range, the P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Yellow soft, are returning for the Canadian Grand Prix next weekend.
However, the tyres will face a very different challenge on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve track to that of the streets of Monaco two weeks ago, according to Pirelli.
It is another temporary circuit, but it is a lot faster and provokes much more tyre wear, which coupled with frequently variable weather, makes Canada one of the most exciting and unpredictable races of the year.
The race often delivers a much higher percentage of stoppages, incidents and safety cars than usual.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, explained: “We go from Monaco to Canada: two of the most spectacular races of the year.
“Not only is Montreal a fantastic place to hold a race, but it’s also a great circuit.
“The soft and supersoft tyres should be able to demonstrate more of their natural characteristics than they were able to in Monaco, where drivers are constrained by very low average speeds and not much energy going through the tyre.
“This enabled them to complete very long runs even on the supersoft, which should not be the case in Montreal where the tyres have more work to do.
“Tyres have traditionally played a very important role in this race, especially if it rains. We saw how being on the right tyre at the right time enabled Jenson Button to win the Canadian Grand Prix last year even after six visits to the pit lane.
“That race was far from typical though, so we’ve not yet had experience of running the supersoft in Canada under normal conditions.
“The practice sessions will be vital for the teams to understand how exactly it works on full tanks in particular.
“We think we will see several different strategies at work, with teams likely to split their strategies in order to cover every possibility.”