By Alex Kapadia
The Italian Grand Prix is hotting up to be a one pit stop ‘high-speed race of the year’, according to Pirelli tyres.
Warm and stable weather conditions allowed the teams to gather lots of data on their tyres today as the cars took the track in Monza for the first time today to prepare for qualifying.
They worked the allocated P Zero Silver hard and P Zero White medium tyres particularly hard on the fastest circuit of the year, where the maximum speed reached was 347kph last year.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “Despite the typically warm conditions in Monza our tyres performed very well, with the hard compound in particular delivering almost as much performance as the medium, with greater durability.
“We might see different approaches tomorrow, and some drivers could even try a one-stop strategy for the race: the winning tactic in Belgium a week ago, which used the same compounds.
“Although there are many places in Monza that put a lot of energy through the tyres, the overall wear rate has been very good today, which allowed a number of the drivers to set their fastest times later on in their runs.
“We saw some very long runs on both compounds so we should see flat-out racing from start to finish on Sunday – which is what our home race at Monza is most famous for.
“For the first time in a while we look set for a completely dry weekend, which should allow the teams to start the race with plenty of relevant data.”