GP2 heads to Monza for 2010 Italian GP08/09/2010
Magnificient Monza Returns
Monza is undoubtedly the fastest circuit, in terms of top speed, on the 2010 GP2 calendar and is also the penultimate round of the Bridgestone-backed GP2 Series. Bridgestone will be taking its hard compound GP2 Potenza racing slick to this classic track during the Italian Grand Prix weekend, on 10-12 September.
With the high speed nature of this venue, along with the abrasive track surface, the hard specification dry tyre has been allocated due to the fact that high wear and heat durability are known to be key factors influencing the tyres at Monza.
Monza consists of many high speed straights
As the 5.793 km circuit consists of many high speed straights, the teams will be looking to set up the cars to achieve the most aerodynamically efficient package. However, high traction is required for the slow chicanes which results in a compromise on car set-up as low downforce is needed for the faster sections of the track. Turn three demands the most downforce, being a long high-lateral load corner.
Current GP2 drivers Giedo van der Garde and Luiz Razia won the feature and sprint races respectively in Monza last year on Bridgestone’s medium specification dry tyre.
The ‘Autodromo Nazionale di Monza’ marks the final GP2 race in Europe that Bridgestone will be competing in after six successful years as sole tyre supplier and official partner to the GP2 Series. Monza is the quickest venue on the GP2 Calendar
Monza is the quickest venue on the GP2 Calendar“Monza is the quickest venue that the GP2 Series visits during the year, with speeds of up to 315 km/h being reached at the end of the start-finish straight. Due to the high speed nature of the circuit combined with the chicanes, it is a real challenge for the teams as finding the right car set-up for Monza is difficult. In terms of the tyres, it is a demanding venue and Bridgestone’s hard specification GP2 Potenza racing slick is the most suitable compound for use here, mainly because of its greater capabilities in relation to heat durability. The change of direction experienced at high speed at turn three puts a high load on the tyres, with turns eight and eleven also exerting high forces on the tyres, making Monza a good test of driver tyre management.”
Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development
Stats & Facts
Number & Spec of tyres for Monza: 704 (hard and wet)
Pole position time 2009: 1m 30.007s – V Petrov, Barwa Addax Team
Fastest race lap 2009: 1m 32.553s – L Filippi, Super Nova Racing (R2)
Top three 2009 race 1: G van der Garde (iSport), V Petrov (Barwa Addax), L di Grassi (Racing Engineering)
Top three 2009 race 2: L Razia (Party Poker Racing), L di Grassi (Racing Engineering), N Hulkenberg (ART)