Italy is known for many things. Romance, espresso and fast cars, to name a few. This year at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza the F1 pundits are expecting to see speeds around or above 360 kph (~223 mph). With the reduced aerodynamic drag on the current iteration, these machines will certainly have different braking points this go around Monza. Let’s see what the Official F1 tyre manufacturer has to say about the circuit.
Pirelli’s Preview Of Monza
Pirelli is bringing the two hardest tyres available, the orange striped hard, and the white striped medium tyre. These will be able to stand up to the longitudinal forces from the 5+ G’s of braking force, to the heavy attack on the kerbs. The car setup needs to be low downforce, with a lot of mechanical grip for launching the car out of the chicanes smoothly, thus maintaining the rear tyre temperature and wear. Since the downforce is very low (the fastest track on the calendar), the car relies heavily on grip from the tires. Even in the faster corners, like Parabolica, the tyres are doing most of the work. This is why Pirelli have opted for the harder of the tyres, as they will be able to withstand these forces on the track, for longer periods.
With the higher speeds on the circuit, are we looking at quicker lap times? It stands to reason that we should, however with less traction and downforce in the corners, will that slow them down? Or will the tyres tow the line, as they seem to be a bit more durable this season?
With all the driver talk, regarding who is on what team for 2015, is becoming more interesting by the day. Since McLaren are slated to receive engines from Honda starting next year, they think they have some pull for their lineup next year. Marussia seems to be having some issues with money or drivers, or both. This comes as a delight to Caterham, which are also looking for someone else to take money questions off of them.
While the battle rages at Mercedes AMG, and Red Bull is now backing their young prodigy, Ricciardo, Ferrari finally got some support from their second man, Kimi. Hopefully Monza is as pleasant for him as Belgium, since the ‘Tifosi’ will be out in force to cheer on the boys in red.