After its debut during the Hungarian GP weekend, the new qualifying format will return to the spotlight at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. During the Friday activities in Monza, Mario Isola shared his thoughts on how the dynamics on the track change.
According to the new rules, teams are required to use the hard tire in Q1, the medium tire in Q2, and the soft tire in Q3. This format had already made its debut during the Hungarian weekend and received various approvals. The tire obligation had added an element of unpredictability to the session and consequently to the results. Concerning the Italian weekend, one of the main challenges could be traffic, starting from Q1.
“It is very interesting that with the qualifying format, having Q1 with the hard tire, Q2 with the medium, and Q3 with the soft, someone could make mistakes. Furthermore, the driver has to quickly adapt to maximizing the hard tire, then switch to the medium tire, trying to exploit its full potential, and finally finish with the soft tire, which offers more grip,” said Mario Isola. “This certainly creates some extra challenges for the drivers. As a spectator, it’s definitely something I don’t mind.”
“I don’t think there’s any team disadvantaged by being forced to use the hard tire. On a flying lap, the grip of a new tire compensates for any shortcomings,” concluded the Pirelli chief.
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