Milan, May 21, 2013 – The GP2 Series resumes with round four at the jewel in the championship’s crown: Monaco. Just as is the case for Formula One, the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft tyres have been nominated. For GP2, this is the first time that the supersoft compound will be used in the 2013 season.
Both compounds make a natural choice for Monaco, which is the slowest and tightest track that the GP2 cars visit all year. With strategy now a vital part of the GP2 format, key decisions will already have to be taken from qualifying onwards as to how to get the best use out of the tyre allocation.
There is a different format to the race weekend in Monaco compared to other events. In particular qualifying will once more be split into two groups in order to avoid traffic problems, with odd and even-numbered cars out on track separately.
Pirelli’s racing manager says:
The challenge for the tyres:
Monaco is the slowest race of the year, with a track surface that evolves over the course of the weekend. With the streets open to traffic not only before the race but also during the evenings, the amount of mechanical grip is constantly changing and very hard to predict.
The supersoft is sure to be the quickest option for qualifying, thanks to its rapid warm-up time and high levels of lateral grip, but the soft is the more durable tyre over a race distance.
Overtaking at Monaco is traditionally extremely difficult, which puts an even bigger emphasis on strategy than usual to try and make up track position.
The race and the rules:
Every car will have five sets of dry tyres and three sets of wet weather tyres available for the GP2 race weekend.
The five sets of dry tyres comprise three sets of the harder compound (soft) and two sets of the softer compound (supersoft).
The drivers can use their tyre allocation in any way they like. One set of the soft compound must be returned after free practice.
Race One on Friday is run over 42 laps or one hour and each driver must complete one compulsory pit stop during which a minimum of two tyres must be changed.
The grid for Race Two on Saturday is determined by the finishing order of the first race, with the top eight positions reversed.
Race Two is run over 30 laps or 45 minutes, with no compulsory pit stops.