Monza is undoubtedly the fastest circuit, in terms of top speed, on the 2010 GP2 calendar and is also the penultimate round of the Bridgestone-backed GP2 Series. Bridgestone will be taking its hard compound GP2 Potenza racing slick to...
Monza is undoubtedly the fastest circuit, in terms of top speed, on the 2010 GP2 calendar and is also the penultimate round of the Bridgestone-backed GP2 Series. Bridgestone will be taking its hard compound GP2 Potenza racing slick to this classic track during the Italian Grand Prix weekend, on 10-12 September.
With the high speed nature of this venue, along with the abrasive track surface, the hard specification dry tyre has been allocated due to the fact that high wear and heat durability are known to be key factors influencing the tyres at Monza.
As the 5.793 km circuit consists of many high speed straights, the teams will be looking to set up the cars to achieve the most aerodynamically efficient package. However, high traction is required for the slow chicanes which results in a compromise on car set-up as low downforce is needed for the faster sections of the track. Turn three demands the most downforce, being a long high-lateral load corner.
Current GP2 drivers Giedo van der Garde and Luiz Razia won the feature and sprint races respectively in Monza last year on Bridgestone's medium specification dry tyre.
The 'Autodromo Nazionale di Monza' marks the final European GP2 race that Bridgestone will be competing in after six successful years as sole tyre supplier and official partner to the GP2 Series.
Quote from Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development
"Monza is the quickest venue that the GP2 Series visits during the year, with speeds of up to 315 km/h being reached at the end of the start-finish straight. Due to the high speed nature of the circuit combined with the chicanes, it is a real challenge for the teams as finding the right car set-up for Monza is difficult. In terms of the tyres, it is a demanding venue and Bridgestone's hard specification GP2 Potenza racing slick is the most suitable compound for use here, mainly because of its greater capabilities in relation to heat durability. The change of direction experienced at high speed at turn three puts a high load on the tyres, with turns eight and eleven also exerting high forces on the tyres, making Monza a good test of driver tyre management."
Bridgestone's farewell to GP2 in Europe
Bridgestone has been the sole tyre supplier and an official partner of the GP2 Series since the inception of the highly successful one-make championship in 2005.
With Bridgestone leaving the series at the end of 2010, Monza will be the final European GP2 race for the highly experienced motorsport tyre manufacturer. The 'Autodromo Nazionale di Monza' has been part of the GP2 Series calendar throughout the history of the renowned Formula One feeder series and has provided many entertaining races on Bridgestone tyres.
Following the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, Bridgestone will have supplied a total of approximately 45,000 tyres for European races in the GP2 Series over the last six years. That encompasses a total of 119 GP2 races that have been held across the European continent from 2005 to the end of 2010.
Bridgestone is proud to have been part of the GP2 Series from which many talented drivers have graduated to the ultimate racing category, Formula One.
Quote from Franco Annunziato - Senior Vice President Technology, Bridgestone Europe
"The Bridgestone Technical Centre Europe in Rome, Italy, has been supplying tyres to the GP2 Series for three consecutive years now, with Bridgestone's GP2 tyre production previously being based in Japan. Since 2008, the first year of Bridgestone Europe's involvement in the series, the GP2 car has developed considerably in terms of aerodynamics, which is an important evolution, making the car significantly faster. This has made the performance and contribution from the tyres increasingly important. It has also meant the tyre specifications have become more technical.
"We are proud to have had the opportunity to participate in GP2. In addition, we are delighted that the GP2 Series organisers have always been fully satisfied with, and complimentary towards, the quality and performance of Bridgestone's tyres."