Rain expected in the Principality on Friday and Saturday
After the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and the Made in Italy race in Imola due to the flooding that affected the region, Formula 1 now focuses on the most glamorous weekend of the year, with teams and drivers competing in the Principality of Monaco. The current weather forecasts do not rule out the possibility of rain throughout the entire weekend, although Sunday, when the Grand Prix will start at 3:00 pm, could be the driest day.
If rain occurs, it would mark the debut of full wet tires without tire warmers, as emphasized by Mario Isola, Head of Pirelli Motorsport. Here are his words:
Mario Isola’s statements:
“It’s a Monaco Grand Prix eve that is different from what we expected. It was supposed to be the second of three consecutive European events, but it will be the first due to the cancellation of the Imola race. We still have the images of the areas devastated by the bad weather in our minds, and we want to express our solidarity once again to the families of the victims and to those who have suffered enormous losses in this tragedy.”
“Monaco is a chapter of its own in the Formula 1 championship. The characteristics of the track, which has remained largely unchanged for over seventy years, make it unique. It has often offered surprises because, like no other circuit, the driver’s talent can compensate for the technical deficiencies of a car. Additionally, a single incident can shuffle the cards and overturn predictions. While the race may not be particularly spectacular due to the extreme difficulty of overtaking, the Saturday sessions assume greater importance in the emotional balance of the weekend. Grid position is almost always crucial for the final standings.” – the Head of Pirelli Motorsport explained.
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“As is often the case with street circuits, Pirelli provides teams with the softest range of compounds. One of the peculiarities of Monaco is that the track is opened to private traffic every night after the racing sessions, which prevents the formation of a more rubbered-in racing line, making it even more slippery. With the cancellation of the Imola race, Monaco could witness the potential debut – depending on weather conditions, another factor of unpredictability this weekend – of the Cinturato Blue Full Wet tires without tire warmers.” – Mario Isola concluded, ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.