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The Sauber F1 Team enters a multi-year partnership agreement with Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo is returning to Formula One after more than 30 years of absence from the sport.

Sauber F1 Team are delighted to announce that we have reached a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement with Alfa Romeo. The Italian car manufacturer, which is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), will be joining the Sauber F1 Team as Title Sponsor from 2018 onwards. By doing so, Alfa Romeo is returning to Formula One after more than 30 years of absence from the sport.

The partnership, which includes a strategic, commercial and technological cooperation between Alfa Romeo and the Sauber F1 Team, will enable the exchange of engineering and technical know-how, and provide new opportunities for the two organizations within Formula One and beyond. From 2018, the team will be known as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. The 2018 F1 car will bear the Alfa Romeo logo, and will be equipped with the 2018 Ferrari power units.

 

Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles:
“This agreement with the Sauber F1 Team is a significant step in the reshaping of the Alfa Romeo brand, which will return to Formula 1 after an absence of more than 30 years. A storied marque that has helped make the history of this sport, Alfa Romeo will join other major automakers that participate in Formula 1. The brand itself will also benefit from the sharing of technology and strategic know-how with a partner of the Sauber F1 Team’s undisputed experience. The Alfa Romeo engineers and technicians, who have already demonstrated their capabilities with the newly-launched models, Giulia and Stelvio, will have the opportunity to make that experience available to the Sauber F1 Team. At the same time, Alfa Romeo fans will once again have the opportunity to support an automaker that is determined to begin writing an exciting new chapter in its unique, legendary sporting history.”

 

Pascal Picci, Chairman, Sauber Holding AG:
“We are very pleased to welcome Alfa Romeo to the Sauber F1 Team. Alfa Romeo has a long history of success in Grand Prix racing, and we are very proud that this internationally renowned company has chosen to work with us for its return to the pinnacle of motorsport. Working closely with a car manufacturer is a great opportunity for the Sauber Group to further develop its technology and engineering projects. We are confident that together we can bring the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team great success, and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

 

About Alfa Romeo and Formula One
Alfa Romeo took part in Formula One from 1950 until 1988, as both a constructor and engine supplier. Already in its debut years in 1950 and in 1951, Alfa Romeo won the inaugural World Championship of Drivers with Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio. From 1961 until 1979, Alfa Romeo participated as engine supplier for several F1 teams. After returning in 1979 as constructor, Alfa Romeo ranked 6th as best result in the constructors’ championship in 1983. The company withdrew from Formula One in 1985, returning as Title Sponsor of the Sauber F1 Team after a 30-year absence.

 

About Alfa Romeo and FCA
Alfa Romeo is a historic brand of FCA Group. Since its founding in Milan, Italy, in 1910, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish and exclusive cars in automotive history. That tradition lives on today as Alfa Romeo continues to take a unique and innovative approach to designing automobiles. In every Alfa Romeo, technology and passion converge to produce a true work of art. Fully reviving Alfa Romeo’s spirit and maximising its global appeal has been one of FCA’s priorities. Following a clear and well-defined strategy, Alfa Romeo is writing a new chapter in its more than century-long history that represents an extraordinary opportunity to realise the brand’s full potential. Today, Alfa Romeo is a true showcase of the Group’s best resources, talent and technological know-how. Alfa Romeo is winning the hearts of a new generation and retaking its rightful position as one of the world’s most desired premium brands. It is, once again, one of the leading symbols of Italian engineering and style, an icon of Italy’s technological excellence and creative spirit.

FCA designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles and related parts and services, components and production systems worldwide through 162 manufacturing facilities, 87 R&D centers, and dealers and distributors in more than 150 countries. In addition to Alfa Romeo, its stable of brands include Abarth, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, Maserati and Mopar, the parts and service brand. The Group’s businesses also include Comau (production systems), Magneti Marelli (components) and Teksid (iron and castings). FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA”.

 



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Pascal Wehrlein (D), Sauber F1 Team. Yas Marina Circuit.

 

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Pirelli – MEXICAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

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MEXICAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Round 18 of 20

Mexico City, 27-29 October 2017


 

Milan, October 23, 2017 – Like the United States Grand Prix that has just taken place, the tyres brought to Mexico will be the P Zero Yellow soft, P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Purple ultrasoft (which reverts to its usual colour after turning pink in Austin!).

The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, named after Mexico’s famous racing brothers, is one of the quickest tracks of the year, and – as has been the case on a few occasions already this season – it’s the first time that the ultrasoft has been nominated there. With the race only returning to the calendar two years ago, expect to see more lap records broken this weekend.

 

THE THREE NOMINATED COMPOUNDS

 

 

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW

  • Surface is quite smooth and slippery, reducing tyre wear and degradation despite the high speeds (372kph was seen in 2016).
  • Weather can be a question mark in Mexico City at this time of year: anything is possible.
  • As well as the fast corners, there is also a well-known slow and technical stadium section: an interesting mix of old and
  • Most drivers went for one stop last year, including the winner, Lewis
  • Pit lane is the longest of the year, increasing the stop time and so influencing strategy.

 

 

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING

“In Mexico, we again maintain our principle of bringing softer compounds than last year whenever possible, in the pursuit of increased performance and more exciting races. This is actually the second consecutive year that we are bringing a new tyre to Mexico, as last year the supersoft was nominated there for the first time. Only two races have been run on the current version of the track before, so it’s not one of the venues that the teams are most familiar with. This means that there will be some learning to do with the ultrasoft in particular during free practice”.

 

 

 

WHAT’S NEW?

  • The ultrasoft tyre comes to Mexico City for the very first time and has proved very popular: many drivers have selected the maximum number of 10
  • Following the support for Susan G.Komen® foundation in the United States, the charitable focus this weekend will be the victims of the Mexico City earthquake earlier this
  • Italy’s Paolo Andreucci recently clinched a remarkable 10th Italian Rally Championship title, using Pirelli tyres on his Peugeot Italia 208

 

AUTÓDROMO HERMANOS RODRÍGUEZ MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)

 

 

21.0 psi (front) – 19.5 psi (rear)

 

EOS  CAMBER LIMIT

 

 

-3.50° (front) | -2.00° (rear)

 

 

 

By Courtesy of PIRELLI

 

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Autodromo Nazionale Monza will host the first WEC “race” weekend of 2017

In the limelight will be four of the 1000 bhp, hybrid-powered LMP1 race cars from Porsche and Toyota, with both manufacturers launching their 2017 challengers just ahead of The Prologue.

FIA WEC:

Taking place for the first time at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy on Saturday 01 April and Sunday 02 April, this will be the first opportunity for the fans to see the WEC’s 2017 teams on track all together.  Twenty seven of the full season entries will be present at Italy’s premier circuit, taking part in five sessions of testing over two days, including a night session on Saturday evening.

Provisional Timetable

Saturday 01 April

09:00 – 12:00    Session 1

14:00 – 17:00     Session 2

19:00 – 21:00    Session 3 (night testing)

Sunday 02 April

09:00 – 12:00    Session 4

13:15 – 13:45    Driver Autograph Session

14:00 – 17:00    Session 5


 

From Monza web page.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

FIA WEC APP

FIA WEC Calendar


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Scuderia Toro Rosso launches STR12

On the eve of the first day of pre-season testing, Scuderia Toro Rosso revealed its 2017 challenger, the STR12. Drivers Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz unveiled the car, featuring a stunning new livery, in the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit pit lane this evening.

Courtesy of Scuderia Toro Rosso 

 

It’s STR12 o’clock

 


Franz Tost (Team Principal) “For all Formula 1 fans, 2017 should be a year of excitement and uncertainty, as the sport’s technical regulations have undergone one of the biggest changes we have seen in a couple of decades. In simple terms, the cars are wider, longer, lower, faster, noisier and use bigger tyres, promising more grip, higher cornering speeds and hopefully even closer racing.

Everyone in the team has worked extremely hard to ensure we have a very competitive season. Our chassis is mated to what is possibly the most competitive engine we have had so far in the hybrid era, as we return to Renault power once more.

Daniil Kvyat will be in his fourth year as a Formula 1 driver and Carlos Sainz will now tackle his third season with us. They are a very talented pairing and they have worked very hard over the winter to be ready for the additional physical challenges involved in driving these new and faster cars. The crew that will look after the cars at the track is also very well prepared and generally, throughout the company we have the stability and strength in depth to tackle this season, when the pace of car development will be much faster than over the past couple of years. Finally, we really like the first major livery change of our twelve years on the F1 grid and this new look is reflected in our pit garage, which has also been updated to make life easier while working around these much larger cars.”

James Key (Technical Director) “With driver continuity and a power unit which made a major step forward last year and which should be developing strongly this year, it just leaves the chassis as an unknown quantity. We always set ourselves ambitious targets and this year, we are taking a more long-term view over the 20 races, with a long list of planned in-season developments. I suspect it will be a very busy year with plenty of performance still to be found.” 

Carlos Sainz will be at the wheel tomorrow, Monday 27th February, for the first day of testing, with Daniil Kvyat getting his first taste of the STR12 on Tuesday.


Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives the STR12 in Misano, Italy on February 22, 2017

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Abarth 124 Rally to debut in the 85th Monte Carlo Rally

Monte Carlo Rally will be staged from January 19 to 22.

 

  • Tree test days with Abarth Racing Team engineers for the three private crews that will be competing in the first round of the 2017 Rally World Championship.
  • Champion Francois Delecour, Italian talent Fabio Andolfi and the expert Gabriele Noberasco will be taking part.
  • The Monte Carlo Rally will be staged from January 19 to 22. It will be the first crucial chance to develop the car in extreme conditions in the most important race on the world championship calendar.

 

The racing career of the new Abarth 124 Rally kicks off with a bang with the car debuting in the 85th Monte Carlo Rally, the first race of the 2017 Rally World Championship to be staged from January 19 to 22.

Three private crews have picked the new Abarth 124 Rally to take on one of the most difficult yet prestigious races in the Championship, with the goal of putting the brand with the Scorpion badge and a glorious past in the speciality back at the top. The three crews embody three different types of drivers. Frenchman Francois Delecour, with his mate Dominique Savignoni, was official driver and 1993 World Championship runner-up. He won the international FIA R-GT Cup, which is the category in which the Abarth 124 Rally is competing, in 2015. Young Fabio Andolfi, with Manuel Fenoli, is seen as one of the more promising Italian drivers. He is sponsored for the race by ACI Sport in the scope of the ACI Team Italia young driver project. Finally, Gabriele Noberasco, with Daniele Michi, is a very fast and expert gentleman driver who has won many national competitions. He has competed in the Monte Carlo Rally several times, once at the wheel of an Abarth 500 R3T.

The three drivers supported by their respective teams – the French-based Milano Racing and Bernini Rally – have conducted several specific test sessions to prepare for the Monte Carlo race on the roads near Cuneo in Italy together with racing and test driver Alex Fiorio, who worked on developing and tuning the car with the Abarth Racing Team.

Various tweaks were assessed over the three days together with the Michelin tyres that are the crucial components of a winter competition on mountain roads like those of Monte Carlo. The drivers familiarised with the new Abarth 124 Rally and its many original features. The Abarth 124 rally breaks the mould by combining excitement and technology: rear-wheel drive guarantees the spectacle, while the very high-level performance is the result of painstaking development.

It is a Group R-GT model and therefore can compete in national and international races. The Abarth 124 rally Trophy organised by Abarth will count seven rallies – six of which on road and one on dirt – all the scope of the Italian Rally Championship. In this way, Trophy contenders may also compete for the new Group R-GT Italian championship title.

The jackpot is very rich with prizes for the absolute ranking, Under 23 drivers and teams. All prizes – 5000 Euro for the winner, 4000 Euro for the team and 2000 Euro for the Under 23 drivers – are cumulative. According to regulations, prizes will be given to the first three rankings, in each race and final, in each category. The real news of the jackpot is the addition of a prize for the best ranking teams with a final jackpot of 30,000 Euro. The Under 23 winner will also be given the opportunity to compete in the 2017 Monza Rally with the official Abarth 124 rally. Other prizes include an ACI Sport Federal Super Course and a “rally master” organised directly by the Abarth Racing Team. The winner of the overall ranking will receive their own street-legal Abarth 124 spider.

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The numbers from Pirelli`s 2016 Formula 1 season

Total number of tyres supplied in 2016: 42,792

“This has been an incredible season both on and off the track: here are a few facts and figures as a souvenir of a year that will go down in history. Pirelli has introduced a brand new compound – the ultrasoft – and also new regulations that allowed teams to use three compounds during each race, selected in advance. This extra tactical intrigue proved to be a highlight of the year, enhancing the show still further. We also had the final season of tyres with a deliberately high level of degradation, as from next year we adopt a new philosophy in line with the latest direction for the sport. At the same time as completing this season, we were testing for the next one: both using prototypes in 2016 dimensions, and then, from August, prototypes in 2017 size on adapted mule cars over 24 cumulative test days. As a result of that, and the biggest calendar ever featured in the sport, we completed a longer distance, at higher levels of performance, than has ever been seen before in the history of Formula 1.”
Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director


TYRES

  • Total number of tyres supplied in 2016: 42,792
  • Of these, 38,112 were supplied for race weekends and 4,680 for testing
  • Of the 42,792 tyres, 28,188 were slicks and 14,604 were rain or intermediate tyres
  • Total number of tyres used during race weekends: 15,652, of which 13,844 were slick tyres and 1,808 were rain or intermediates
  • Total number of tyres that were recycled: all
  • Maximum number of kilometres driven on each compound (excluding tests):
    Hard: 759 km (Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull)
    Medium: 3,597 km (Valtteri Bottas, Williams)
    Soft: 6,566 km (Sergio Perez, Force India)
    Supersoft: 4,598 km (Valtteri Bottas, Williams)
    Ultrasoft: 2,052 km (Nico Rosberg, Mercedes)
    Intermediate: 444 km (Jenson Button, McLaren)
    Wet: 523km (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)

 

PIT STOPS

  • Total number of pit stops: 933, of which 4 drive-throughs and one was a stop and go)
  • This makes an average of 44.4 per race, and 2.01 per driver in each race
  • Most pit stops in a race: 66 at the Chinese Grand Prix
  • Fewest pit stops in a race: 26 in Russia

 

OVERTAKING

  • Total number of overtaking manoeuvres during the season: 866 (*), with an average of 41.2 per race
  • Highest number of overtaking manoeuvres at a dry race: 128 in China (**)
  • Highest number of overtaking manoeuvres at a wet race: 64 in Brazil
  • Fewest number of overtaking manoeuvres at a dry race: 10 in Hungary
  • Driver with the most overtaking manoeuvres during the year: Max Verstappen, 78(**)
  • Driver with the most overtaking manoeuvres at a single race: 18, Lewis Hamilton in China
  • Driver who has been overtaken least: Sebastian Vettel, one time (by Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix, 66th lap, 5th position)
  • Driver who made up most places on the opening lap: Fernando Alonso, who gained 41 positions on the opening lap
  • Team that carried out most overtaking: Red Bull, 136 moves (**) – 61 by Daniel Ricciardo, 60 by Max Verstappen, 15 by Daniil Kvyat
  • Team that has been overtaken least: Mercedes, seven times (Nico Rosberg four, Lewis Hamilton three)

(*) How overtaking moves are calculated: an overtaking manoeuvre is counted as one that takes place during complete flying laps (so not on the opening lap) and is then maintained all the way to the lap’s finish line. Position changes due to major mechanical problems or lapping/unlapping are not counted.
(**) It’s the highest value since 1983 (the first year since when data is available)

 

 

CIRCUITS AND RACING

  • Longest race of the season: Brazil, three hours, one minute and 01,335 seconds
  • Shortest race of the year: Italy, one hour, 17 minutes and 28,089 seconds
  • Fastest race of the year: Italy, winner’s average speed (Nico Rosberg), 237.558 kph
  • Highest speed reached by a Pirelli P Zero Formula One tyre during a grand prix: 372.5 km/h, Valtteri Bottas in Mexico (*)
  • Highest number of fastest laps: Lewis Hamilton, 15 (3 in races and 12 in qualifying)
  • Highest number of laps led: 566 (Lewis Hamilton)

(*) New record in an official F1 session (previous: 370,1 kph, Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian Grand Prix, 2005)

 

 

2017 WIDER TYRE TESTS

  • Number of prototypes tested: 96
  • Tyres’ width: +25%
  • Teams involved in Pirelli’s testing programme: 3 (Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull)
  • Drivers involved: 11, of which 4 Ferrari, 4 Red Bull and 3 Mercedes
  • Days of testing: 24
  • Laps: 2,613
  • Total of kilometres: 12,148 km
  • Circuits: 5 (Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Fiorano, Mugello, Paul Ricard)

 

KILOMETRES TESTED WITH WIDER TYRES

  • Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes): 3,248
  • Pierre Gasly (Red Bull): 2,494
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 2,228
  • Sébastien Buemi (Red Bull): 1,190
  • Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari): 1,054
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull): 517
  • Esteban Gutiérrez (Ferrari): 480
  • Antonio Fuoco (Ferrari): 478
  • Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 209
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 200
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 50

 

 

PIRELLI IN FORMULA ONE (SINCE 1950)

  • Races: 320
  • Wins: 161
  • Pole positions: 164
  • Podiums: 490
  • Fastest laps: 168
  • Driver titles: 11
  • Team titles: 6

 

OTHER INTERESTING NUMBERS

  • Number of drivers (including third drivers and young drivers) who have driven a Pirelli-equipped Formula One car since 2010: 102
  • Kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds throughout 2016 (including tests, practice, qualifying and races): 384,705 km (excluding prototype tyres)
  • By compound, it works out as: Hard 14,236; Medium 99,447; Soft 133,988; Supersoft 86,014; Ultrasoft 31,647; Intermediate 8,278; Wet 11,095
  • Distance covered in testing during 2016 (excluding race weekends): 61,772 km, of which over 12,000 km with 2017 Wider Tyres
  • Distance covered in races in 2016: 123,534 km
  • Number of fastest laps (in qualifying and races) set by the world champion in 2016: 14 (six in races and eight in qualifying)
  • Lowest average speed at which a dry race has been won in 2016: 159.992 kph(Nico Rosberg, Singapore Grand Prix)
  • Lowest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 15°C in Canada
  • Lowest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 13°C in Mexico.
  • Highest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 59°C in Malaysia
  • Highest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 61°C, again in Malaysia
  • Lowest ambient temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 11°C in Canada
  • Lowest ambient temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 11°C in Canada
  • Highest ambient temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 37°C in Malaysia
  • Highest ambient temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 37°C in Malaysia

 

 

PIRELLI TEAM AND ITS GUESTS

  • Pirelli team members who travel to each race: 60 (on average)
  • Nationalities represented within the Pirelli Formula One team: 9
  • Different languages spoken by team members: 10
  • Press releases written by Pirelli Formula One Team: 234
  • Infographics: 210
  • Tweets sent by @PirelliSport account via Twitter: 2,100
  • Pirelli notebooks distributed throughout the season inside the paddock: 2,550
  • Guests: 5,600
  • Pirelli podium caps sold: 15,000

 

 

PIRELLI’S HOSPITALITY IN 2016 

  • Meals served within Pirelli’s hospitality unit (including tests): 15,600
  • Litres of water drunk in Pirelli’s hospitality during the year: 10,200
  • Kilograms of pasta cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 900
  • Pizzas cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 420
  • Number of different dessert recipes prepared at Pirelli’s Hospitality unit: 50
  • Desserts eaten at Pirelli’s hospitality: 7,500
  • Coffees served at Pirelli’s: almost 30,000
  • Litres of olive oil used during the year: 500

 


 

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Italy GP 2016 – Full timetable

From Formula1.com

* Please note that this timetable is subject to amendments

 

Thursday 1st September
Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 15:00
Promoter Activity Public Pit Lane Walk For 3 Day Ticket Holders Only 16:00 – 18:00
Formula One Champions Football Charity Cup – Starting Grid 18:00 – 20:00
Friday 2nd September
Promoter Activity Promoter Pit Lane Walk 07:30 – 08:35
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 08:45 – 09:45
Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
GP2 Series Practice Session 12:00 – 12:45
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:50 – 13:45
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
GP2 Series Qualifying Session 15:55 – 16:25
Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Practice Session 16:45 – 17:30
GP3 Series Practice Session 17:50 – 18:35
Saturday 3rd September
Promoter Activity Promoter Pit Lane Walk 07:30 – 08:20
Formula One Team Pit Stop Practice 08:30 – 09:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 08:30 – 09:30
GP3 Series Qualifying Session 09:45 – 10:15
Formula One Practice 3 11:00 – 12:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying Session 12:25 – 12:55
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:00 – 13:45
Formula One Qualifying 14:00 – 15:00
GP2 Series First Race (30 Laps or 60 Mins) 15:40 – 16:45
GP3 Series First Race (22 Laps or 40 Mins) 17:15 – 18:00
Sunday 4th September
GP3 Series Second Race (17 Laps or 30 Mins) 09:15 – 09:50
GP2 Series Second Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins) 10:25 – 11:15
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins) 11:35 – 12:10
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:15 – 13:15
Formula One Drivers’ Track Parade 12:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 12:45 – 13:15
Formula One Minute Silence For The Italian Earthquake Tragedy 13:45
Formula One National Anthem 13:46
Air Display TBC Air Display 13:47
Formula One Grand Prix (53 Laps or 120 Mins) 14:00 – 16:00

 

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PIRELLI ITALIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

#ItalianGP 2016

 

Round 14 of 21
Monza, Italy, 2-4 September 2016

Milan, August, 2016 – It’s finally here: Pirelli’s home race at the fastest grand prix circuit of them all, making Monza the undisputed ‘temple of speed’. The actual cornering speeds aren’t excessive, so instead it’s all about the straights, where the cars come close to 360kph thanks also to specific low-drag configurations that are generally only seen in Italy. Pirelli has chosen the medium, soft and (for the first time) supersoft tyres at Monza: the fourth consecutive race where this selection is being used. In terms of atmosphere, the Parco Reale di Monza remains unique: a historic venue used continuously for Formula 1 since 1950 (with only one exception) that inspires not just the fans, but also the drivers.

 

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW:

  • While average speeds are high, cornering speeds are reasonably low, minimising tyre wear.
  • This means that some teams could aim for a one-stop strategy.
  • Heavy longitudinal forces act on tyres, especially under braking and traction in the two chicanes.
  • The drivers tend to hit the famous kerbs at Monza hard, which further tests the tyre structure.
  • Parabolica and Curva Grande are particularly challenging, as they are long corners putting plenty of energy through the tyres.
  • Low downforce means braking and acceleration is tricky: drivers must try to avoid wheelspin.

THE THREE NOMINATED COMPOUNDS:

  • White medium: a mandatory set that will be important for the race if using a one-stop strategy.
  • Yellow soft: again a mandatory set, could come into play for a two-stop strategy in particular.
  • Red supersoft: mandatory in qualifying; most of the top 10 are very likely to start on this tyre.

HOW IT WAS A YEAR AGO:

  • Lewis Hamilton dominated the weekend with a grand slam. He used a one-stop strategy, starting on soft and changing to medium on lap 26 (of 53). The entire top 10 stopped just once.
  • Best alternative strategy: Daniel Ricciardo was the highest-placed driver to start on the medium tyre and then change to soft, going from 19th on the grid to eighth at the finish.

PAUL HEMBERY, PIRELLI MOTORSPORT DIRECTOR:

“With Monza coming straight after Spa, that’s two epic circuits in the space of just over one week, but for any organisation in Formula 1, your home race is always the most special of the year. It’s going to be a busy weekend for us as a result, and with the supersoft coming to Monza for the first time, we might also see some record top speeds in qualifying especially. Last year we saw the majority of competitors opt for a one-stop strategy, but the arrival of the supersoft could make multi-stop options more attractive this time.”

WHAT’S NEW?

  • There are no changes to Monza this year, but major changes are planned for 2017 with a new first corner bypassing the Curva Grande. So this will be the last race on the ‘classic’ layout.
  • After Monza, Pirelli’s 2017 tyre test campaign using mule cars will resume with Ferrari at Barcelona (September 6-7) and Mercedes at Paul Ricard (September 6-8).
  • As was the case in Belgium, Pirelli will supply some prototype tyres (without coloured markings) for Friday’s free practice sessions only. These are designed to better resist multiple impacts or damage from foreign bodies.

OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE CAUGHT OUR EYE RECENTLY:

  • Six sets of Formula 1 team mates have chosen different tyre allocations for Monza
  • Exclusive Pirelli P Zero tyres will be seen on the new Lamborghini Centenario, set to be unveiled at Salon Privé in the United Kingdom during the same weekend as Monza.

 

 

Purple Red Yellow White Orange
Australia Supersoft Soft Medium
Bahrain Supersoft Soft Medium
China Supersoft Soft Medium
Russia Supersoft Soft Medium
Spain Soft Medium Hard
Monaco Ultrasoft Supersoft Soft
Canada Ultrasoft Supersoft Soft
Azerbaijan Supersoft Soft Medium
Austria Ultrasoft Supersoft Soft
Great Britain Soft Medium Hard
Hungary Supersoft Soft Medium
Germany Supersoft Soft Medium
Belgium Supersoft Soft Medium
Italy Supersoft Soft Medium
Singapore Ultrasoft Supersoft Soft
Malaysia Soft Medium Hard
Japan Soft Medium Hard
United States
Supersoft Soft Medium
Mexico Supersoft Soft Medium
Brazil Soft Medium Hard
Abu Dhabi Ultrasoft Supersoft Soft

 

BBC F1 2011 Monza Intro

 

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