Pirelli have introduced the hypersoft tyres for the Monaco GP, and that could result in a different pit-stop strategy in Monte Carlo.
The hypersoft tyre could wear down quicker than the ultra soft compound and hence force all teams to go in for that extra pit-stop and maybe make the race more interesting.
At least that was what everyone felt, but Pirelli’s sporting director Mario Isola has revealed that the Monaco GP would continue to be a one pit-stop race.
According to Isola, the hypersoft has the ability to go on for 77 laps.
“For sure the hyper-soft is not a ‘qualifying tyre’ in Monaco,” Isola said.
“I’m sure that, comparing the numbers [to] what we saw in Abu Dhabi [testing], you can run a decent speed in Monaco with the hyper-soft,” he added.
He also confirmed that the hypersoft would be a second quicker/lap as compared to the ultra soft.
“While super-soft and ultra-soft are quite close, the hyper is a step,” he said.
“The point is that Monaco is also a unique circuit. I am not sure we can see the real potential of the hyper-soft in Monaco.
“We’ll probably see something more in Montreal about the hyper-soft. Monaco is very, very low severity.” he added.
Teams have gone in with an aggressive approach for Monaco and Isola feels that in Monaco drivers will try to use the softest tyre for the longest time possible.
“In Monaco it is always the same,” said Isola.
“The softest choice is the one everyone wants to take as long as possible.” he concluded.
Do you think we’ll see a two-stop strategy from any of the top 3?