While the hypersoft tyres may be the quickest around the Monte Carlo street circuit, Force India believe any team that starts on the ultrasofts will have a “big advantage”.
Pirelli’s hypersoft tyres made their competitive debut in Monaco on Thursday.
The pink tyres proved to be a second a lap quicker than the ultrasofts, however, they didn’t last as long.
“It was a positive Thursday. We ran reliably in both practice sessions and completed our programme despite the red flag that cost us some time. We split the aero items between the two cars and evaluated some new parts. We had the chance to run the new hypersoft tyres for the first time and the feedback is positive: the grip is impressive and it’s an increase compared to the ultrasoft compound. We improved the car throughout the day but we expect the margins between teams in the midfield to remain very small. There is still plenty to do, but we did our homework today and gathered all the race tyre data we needed. This circuit is all about maximising track time, building the confidence and finding a rhythm. We did a good job today but the real work starts now.” #monacogp #forceindia #formula1
As such most of the teams will be used the hypersofts for qualifying but for the race Force India’s technical director Andy Green says it would be beneficial to start on the ultras.
“The hypersoft seemed quite aggressive,” said Green.
“It is almost a proper qualifying tyre which should be good for the show.
“Everyone will try to do one stop – some of the bigger teams will look to try to qualify on something other than the hyper, which may be they have the margin to do.
“It is a risky strategy around here. But if they can qualify on the ultrasoft it would be a big advantage to be able to do that.
“The strategy outside the top ten is a bit trickier, but it might be worth throwing the dice and gambling, maybe splitting strategies.”
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