Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery sits down for a quick Q&A about the Italian Grand Prix with our man at Monza – Piero Savazzi.
What can you tell us about yesterday’s Free Practice results and today’s weather conditions?
Yesterday was a pretty much routine Free Practice day in Italy, with the teams gathering as much data as possible to use not only in the race, but in the all-important today’s Qualifying Session. This particular session, like every year, is really crucial at Monza. Today, as you can see, is rainy, and tomorrow we will probably have dry weather. So mixed conditions and strategies for all the teams.
What’s new in Monza in terms of your work?
For this race, as I’ve said during yesterday’s press conference, we’ve altered our pressure and camber limits compared to what was previously prescribed: with the cars getting faster and faster – especially as development accelerates during the second half of the season – these new parameters should allow the drivers to extract the maximum performance and “durability” from the tyres.
And how do you react to the Italian fans?
Obviously, we’re privileged to be in front of our fantastic home crowd, and their support has been tremendous so far. The dedication of Formula 1 fans looks set to be rewarded with the prospect of a fantastic race weekend ahead.
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