The Italian Grand Prix is next up on the F1 Calendar and Pirelli are going to bring medium and the harder compound tyres for the 2012 Italian Grand Prix.
The Monza circuit puts heavy lateral loads on the tyres especially through the two right handed Lesmo corners and the fast right hander Parabolica.
Both of these corners put lot of energy through the tyres and the left front and left rear are subjected to very heavy lateral forces in these corners. The rear tyres will be used more heavily in Monza as the track has many slow speed chicanes, notably the rettifilo Chicane and the Della Roggia chicane. Both of these corners demand good traction from the tyres so drivers will have to be easy on the throttle at the exits of the two chicanes to preserve tyre life.
Important: If you don’t know where rettifilo chicane, Della Roggia Chicane and Parabolica are you can read my article “Italian Grand Prix(Monza) Track Guide”.
The Italian Grand Prix is the home race for Scuderia Ferrari team and for Pirelli (Italian Company).
Here is what Pirelli’s Motorsport director Paul Hembrey had to say about the upcoming Italian Grand Prix:
“Monza is probably the most important race of the year for us, as it is our chance to come home and showcase our tyres and specialised technology in front of so many of our people and the passionate Italian fans. There is a really special atmosphere to this race that is unique to Italy. Not only that, but Monza is one of the most demanding circuits that we visit all year due to the high speed and significant lateral loads on the tyres. After Spa, it is the second-highest set of forces that our tyres will experience all year. Coming to Monza directly from Spa for the first time means that the teams will be fully up to speed with the hard and medium tyres, while there is a huge amount of momentum behind the championship now, which is shaping up to become the most thrilling finale since we returned to Formula One. Ambient temperatures can be very high in Italy, which places further demands on the tyres, so we would normally expect two pit stops. Strategy turned out to be a key ingredient to success last year, with the podium places only decided on the final lap, and we would expect the same again this year. With the cars at full throttle for so long, it’s hard for anybody to gain a big lead unless they use strategy to their advantage.”
Here’s a video of the Monza track experience: