Pirelli: Canada will work tyres harder
3 June 2014 – Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery believes the tyres will be worked a lot more this weekend in Canada, although he is not anticipating any issues.
The Italian tyre manufacturer will again supply the teams with the soft and supersoft compounds, like it did in Monaco two weeks ago.
"We're expecting the tyres to be worked a lot harder in Canada than they were in Monaco, with a lot more energy and greater forces going through them due to much higher speeds," he explained. "This should lead to the maximum possible mechanical grip, which is certainly what's needed in Montreal.
"There's a high degree of track evolution and we frequently see a lot of sliding – especially with reduced downforce this year – which obviously puts an increased amount of stress on the tyre. But we are still expecting to have contained wear and degradation this weekend, even on the two softest tyres in the range," he confirmed.
Hembery also added that getting the strategy right will be even more critical at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
"Canada always tends to be an unpredictable race where strategy can make a real difference, also because of the high probability of safety cars," he stated. "As we saw in Monaco, taking the right strategy opportunities when they present themselves under unusual circumstances is a key element to success at any circuit that falls outside the usual mould, with Canada being a prime example.
"Historically, there's a reasonable chance of rain [too], in which case judging the crossover points – sometimes without previous data, if each previous session has been dry – becomes crucial."