Could the Formula One season be any more exciting? Six races and six different victorious drivers – the common denominator the controversial Pirelli tyres.
With Red Bull’s Mark Webber snatching his first win at Monaco today it underlined how closely matched the cars are this season, which means tyres strategy is even more of a key factor than usual.
And with Monaco being the hardest circuit of the year to overtake on, the pressure is intensified to get the right set-up with the tyres.
Webber’s win – which set a new F1 record for six races and six different winners – was also a big cause for celebration for Red Bull, because it marked their second victory of the season after Sebastian Vettel’s success in Bahrain.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “Congratulations to Mark Webber and Red Bull. The team managed their race and their tyre strategy perfectly, winning Monaco for the third year in a row and a race for the second time this year.
“Once again we saw that the cars were all extremely closely matched, equalling each other on pace throughout the race. This was despite the fact that nobody had any proper running on the supersoft with full tanks, due to the mixed weather conditions during free practice on Thursday.
“As a result, calculating the strategy was extremely complicated. But with the nature of the circuit, plus a tyre choice that was certainly more conservative and hardly any tyre degradation, it was clear that a one-stop strategy was the way forward as soon as the teams learned more about the performance of the supersoft after the race got underway.
“Obviously that led to longer stints and limited opportunities for overtaking. Although there was some rain at the end, our slick tyres still offered enough grip to carry the leaders through to a very close finish with the top six finishing within six seconds of each other.”