Given the low tyre wear circuit that Monaco is, F1’s tyre supplier Pirelli have said that the full race distance of the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix could be completed on a set of ultrasoft tyres alone.
“We had zero degradation, more or less”, said Pirelli’s F1 boss Mario Isola, “In the second session, race simulations were very consistent.
“This was expected. We have a delta lap time between the ultrasoft and the supersoft which is around 0.7 s. Probably during the race, this number is going to be smaller, but this is normal.
“Wear is not an issue, degradation is not an issue. Looking at the tyres today, they were perfect. No blisters, no graining, nothing.”
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What this means, of course, is that strategy is going to be interesting. If it is possible to run the full race on the softest available tyres, teams could look into qualifying on supersofts, ditching them early, and then running the ultras to the end.
Or perhaps, we shall have safety car periods. In fact, given the fact that it is Monaco and we have rookies in wider cars, it is almost guaranteed. That means a free pitstop and a free switch onto the ultras.
It is rather ridiculous that the entire race distance can be done on the softest and quickest tyres, and qualifying might play a huge part in deciding the race outcome. We shall wait and see.
Qualifying for the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix is tomorrow on Saturday, followed by the race on Sunday.
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– Aditya Bhat.