The asphalt in Mugello is very abrasive, the tires will wear out quickly and the weather can be hot, so Pirelli has chosen three of the toughest compounds for the upcoming Grand Prix. The lap record – 1: 18.704 – was set back in 2004, belongs to Rubens Barrichello and will probably be broken this year.
Mario Izola, Pirelli: “The Mugello race is a great addition to the world championship calendar and is of particular importance for Pirelli, as it was there that we carried out the first prototype Formula 1 tire tests just two months after signing the contract for the supply of tires for the world championship from the 2011 season of the year.
Mugello has an interesting high-speed track and a lot of rubber load, so we chose the toughest trains. Any new track on the calendar is a blank slate for strategists, so it is very important to have productive free runs.
The teams will probably split the programs of their riders in order to collect more information about the operation of different rubber compounds in different configurations. For our part, in preparation for this stage, we analyzed the information of many series that spent their stages in Mugello.
We congratulate Ferrari on an incredible achievement – the upcoming stage will be the 1000th in the history of Formula 1 for the team. This is just one of the factors that makes this team a cult in our sport, and worthy of this celebration, where we will be the title sponsor. “