Pirelli will only discover the characteristics of the new asphalt on Wednesday

After two European Grands Prix, Formula 1 went abroad to Canada, and for the stage at the Montreal Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Pirelli tire makers made tires with the same soft compounds used in Imola and Monaco. That is, like last year, C3 will play the role of Hard, C4 – Medium, C5 – Soft.

The peculiarities of the Canadian circuit are such that stability during braking is important there, and they are very intense, and good grip of the driving wheels on the asphalt when exiting corners. Unlike Monaco, overtaking is quite possible in Montreal, especially at the end of the straight preceding the final chicane.

For this year’s race, the asphalt along the entire length of the circle was completely replaced, including new curbs. In theory, all known characteristics of the road surface have been retained, i.e. The asphalt was previously non-abrasive there and now that it is completely new you can expect adhesion to be even lower.

However, Pirelli engineers will not measure the level of abrasiveness and other parameters until Wednesday, when they will have a more accurate idea of ​​what to expect during the Canadian weekend. However, it can already be predicted that the condition of the coating will change rapidly when it becomes covered with a layer of waste rubber.

Specialists of the Italian company also foresee that granulation is expected, especially in the case of rubber with the softest compounds. But in general, the tires in Montreal operate at a very moderate load.

Last year in Canada we saw a variety of tactical plans, most notably the top three drivers covered the distance with two pit stops, but others opted to pit just once, in an attempt to extend the first segment as much as possible expand.

When developing tactics, it should be taken into account that the appearance of a safety car on the Canadian circuit occurs quite often, and the drivers who manage to drive a sufficiently long first segment theoretically have the opportunity to make up for the loss of time minimalize. at the pit stop.

As always, June weather conditions can be difficult in these areas. Rapid changes from sunny weather to rain and wind are typical – and vice versa; Accordingly, temperatures vary within very noticeable limits during the day. Of course, this factor can also have a significant impact on the course of the weekend.

Source: F1 News

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