Pirelli is predicting another mixed bag of strategies at the Monaco Grand Prix, with the tight track and opportunities offered by tires likely to deliver another unpredictable race.
The more aggressive choice of compounds provided by Pirelli this season has contributed to Formula 1 producing five different winners from the first five races. Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery thinks that F1 should prepare itself for another thriller in Monaco, and that the choice of soft and super-soft tires means that teams will be able to execute varied tactics.
"You would have to guess it is going to be pretty exciting," Hembery said. "[Monaco] is a track that needs good traction, and we are going with soft and super-soft, which are two very good compounds for those types of conditions.
"In Bahrain, we saw Lotus had good traction out of the slow corners, so you have to imagine Lotus will be strong. Plus Williams has made a good jump forward. So it has the recipe for being another exciting race. I am not sure we will have three cars with a one-, two- and three-stop strategy in the first three on the road, but having said that I do envisage a mix of strategies."
Last year, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were locked in a tight battle for victory with all three drivers on different tire strategies. However, their fight was interrupted by a late-race red flag, which allowed all of them to swap to fresh rubber on the grid before the restart.