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Pirelli will consider racing the F1 Monaco GP on soft tyres only

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the Inability to work and exceed Last weekend’s Monte Carlo race, in which the top 10 drivers finished in the same position as they started, has led to a series of potential rule changes to help improve the spectacle.

Perhaps the most logical idea is that of George Russell, who considers that Wear soft tires only To Monaco, instead of the usual three vehicles, would add some danger and excitement.

Mario Isolahead of Pirelli In Formula 1, he said he would be happy for teams to provide some simulation data on how the race would go using softer compound rubber, but he is not convinced that would change things radically because it would force more tire management.

“I heard the proposal and actually spoke to George who told me about it,” Isola said. “I think that We can ask teams to run a simulation and see what happens. But in 2018, when they had softer tyres, if I remember correctly, they ran eight seconds slower than the potential of their tires, which is the Formula 2 pace.”

Isola said so Bringing softer tires to Monaco will not necessarily require more stops Instead, it will likely cause drivers to slow down more to extend tire life.

“The problem in Monaco is that you can’t overtake, so you can slow down for 2, 3 or even 4 seconds per lap and no one can overtake you. The important thing, in my opinion, is that you have to take into account not just the tires, but why The team decides to stop or not.

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“It’s a combination of tire degradation, how easy it is to overtake and the time you spend at the pit stop. Imola is a good example, because if it takes you 28 seconds to stop, the logical thing is to try and don’t do it,” he explained.

Russell’s suggestion:

He leads Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09, Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H, and Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09.

Photo: Steve Etherington/ Motorsport pictures

Isola explained that as well Also, imposing a minimum number of stopping points will not provide any added valuebecause the teams may be using the same strategies.

“I remember that many years ago, when this proposal was made, we had a discussion and the teams asked their strategy engineers to run a simulation. The result was that everyone did more or less the same strategy. So by adding constraints, we couldn’t push them.” “Until they have different strategies or different approaches to racing, but simply to converge on it and that’s not what we want.”

“What we want is to have a mix between one stop and two stops, with different vehicles. To solve the problem We have to work together to sit down and look at all the proposals and run a simulation and understand which approach is best“It is to explain.

When asked what would be the best solution for Monaco, Isola replied: “A wider circuit, but you can’t destroy buildings. It’s a one-off race where everything is decided on Saturday, unless there’s something strange or unexpected. But on the rest of the street circuits, if we go “More softly, maybe we can change the approach a little bit and open up the double-stop strategy on the tracks where we now have one.”

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“I’m thinking about other street circuits like Miami and Las Vegas, the two new circuits. It’s possible. But for Monaco, frankly, I think there’s not much we can do.”

Isola added that Pirelli has already given the green light to build new dry tires for next year, which aims to reduce overheating, following Paul Ricard’s test this week. A softer complex intended for urban circuits will also be created.

“The idea is also to introduce a new, softer C6 compound, because in the calendar we have more and more urban circuits and we need softer compounds. We will move the range a little towards the soft side, always trying to reduce overheating,” he concluded.

Pirelli is also working on rain tires:

Mario Isola, Race Director, Pirelli Motorsport, on the grid

Mario Isola, Pirelli Motorsport race director, on the grid.

Photo: Steven T/ Motorsport pictures

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