The fascinating world of Formula 1 is meeting again with the glamorous atmophere of Montecarlo. Monaco is one of the few appointment of the calendar to be present in the championship since its first edition. Brilliantly built and organized in the Principality streets, Monaco is famous for the track open to traffic just mere hours after race sessions, giving fans the possibility to smell Formula 1 closer.
Pirelli, the italian tyres manufacturer, will bring in Monaco three compounds, with the pink HyperSoft making its debut; drivers will find available the purple UltraSoft and the red SuperSoft too. The circuit requires a high level of mechanical grip, but it is, at the same time, the least stressing of any track for the tyres all year.
The track is one of the less demanding in terms of degradations and pit stops too; the race is usually on a one stop strategy, with the weather usually being nice. The softer compound is, according to Pirelli's data, 1 second quicker per lap, so new records will be written in one of the shortest track of the calendar.
Last year Ferrari scored a one two in the race, with Sebastian Vettel on top of the podium, but it was Kimi Raikkonen who scored Pole Position. Thanks to the track layout it is really difficult to overtake, so the race is decided on Saturday, with the Qualifying sessions, but pit stops strategies are fundamental too.
“We’ve tested the hypersoft in Abu Dhabi and Barcelona: of those two, Abu Dhabi is a better comparison to Monaco and there we saw that the hypersoft was worth about a second per lap than the ultrasoft; so we could see some more records broken this weekend."Said Mario Isola, Pirelli Head of Car Racing. "Nonetheless, the hypersoft is definitely a race tyre rather than a qualifying tyre, so it will be interesting to see how it adapts itself to the unique demands of Monaco, and what effect it has on strategy. Collecting as much data about it as possible in free practice will be particularly important. The drivers have all each nominated between eight and 11 sets of hypersoft, so we should see plenty of running on it throughout the weekend, if it stays dry of course."
Here are the tyres choices per driver.