Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monaco, 2011

Drivers will ‘push hard from start to finish’ in Monaco – Pirelli

2012 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monaco, 2011Pirelli say the low grip levels at Monaco means tyre conservation will be less of a concern for drivers this weekend.

F1’s official tyre supplier will bring its soft and super-soft compounds for this weekend’s race.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “The super-soft is the only compound that remains unaltered from last year, as it proved to be so effective on circuits like Monaco, but of course the profile has been re-designed to better suit the 2012 regulations.

“With the wear rate being so low in Monaco, the drivers will be able to push at their hardest from start to finish. Tyre strategy will be very important in Monaco, where on-track overtaking is more difficult than anywhere else.”

Michael Schumacher criticised Pirelli’s tyres in the run-up to the Spanish Grand Prix, saying drivers were having to conserve their tyres much more than previously.

Jenson Button said: “Monaco will be the first time this season that we?ll have used Pirelli?s super-soft compound, and I?m really looking forward to it.

“Obviously, we?ll start the weekend using the soft compound tyres, but when we first switch to the super-softs, I know the car’s going to feel very different.”

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