Hamilton (Mercedes) beats Vettel (Ferrari) in Belgian GP
Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian GP in Spa, 10th round of 2017 F1 (where many teams involved are equipped by BMC) ahead of Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Vettel remains leader in driver standings with 220 points, but Hamilton (213 points) has reduced the gap.
Formula 1 next race
Next stop: Monza, Italy’s Temple of Speed
The Italian Grand Prix will be held in Monza from September 1st to 3rd, the11th round of 2017 F1 championship (where many teams involved are equipped by BMC). This is a very challenging race and Pirelli will provide medium, soft and super-soft tyres for its home race, just as happened last year. This selection has been chosen to give the optimal balance between performance on the track, known as the ‘temple of speed’, and durability to cope with the energy loads that those high speeds will put through them. In particular, with the latest cars, cornering speeds will be appreciably higher in Parabolica and Lesmo. With Italy emerging from one of the hottest summers ever, temperatures could be high during the Italian Grand Prix weekend: increasing demands on the tyres still further.
The circuit from a tyre point of view
Monza is characterised by long straights: in theory, this could mean a lower gap time gain compared to other tracks, due to the extra drag of this year’s high-downforce cars.
Monza is about longitudinal forces, acceleration and braking, rather than lateral.
There are also some big kerbs that test the tyre’s structure with heavy impacts.
While there’s unlikely to be an increase in top speed in Curva Grande, entry speeds for Parabolica and Lesmo will be up to 30kph faster.
Teams generally run very low downforce to maximise top speeds. This can make acceleration and braking tricky.
A one-stop strategy won last year but two and three stop strategies were also seen.
It’s a circuit that rewards power, so the focus will be primarily on engine performance.
The analysis of…
Mario Isola – Pirelli Motorsport – Head of Car Racing
“With the new generation of 2017 cars, we may see lower or similar top speeds to last year, but with more energy going through the tyres because of the extra downforce under the new regulations. This combination of speed and downforce defines the amount of work that the tyres have to do. The tyre choice has also been influenced by the risk of blistering at Monza, as there are plenty of braking areas in a straight line. This means that the cambered shoulder area of the tyre can easily overheat and so cause more blistering compared to other circuits. In the past Monza has given us many different types of weather, but following a very hot summer, it’s reasonable to expect more high temperatures over the weekend. How this influences tyre behaviour is likely to be a focus of free practice as the teams examine different potential strategies”.
Info and curiosities
23.0 psi(1.585 bar) minimum starting pressures (front slick)
21.0 psi(1.447 bar) minimum starting pressures (rear slicks)
–3.00° camber limit (front)
–2.00° camber limit (rear)
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