Former grand prix winner Robert Kubica has won the Monza Rally using Pirelli tyres on a Ford Fiesta RS WRC, in complicated mixed conditions where tyre choice was fundamental to victory.
Following his spectacular return to WRC action in Spain last month, Ken Block will be back on Pirelli tyres for the American’s Monza debut, driving his distinctive Ford Fiesta RS WRC
At the final in-season test of the year, held straight after the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Pirelli’s 2015 tyres were seen for the first time
Lewis Hamilton claimed the second drivers’ championship of his career but his first on Pirelli tyres after winning the title decider in Abu Dhabi, using a two-stop strategy.
Solberg, along with the rest of the Pirelli runners, used the reinforced K8 and K4 tyres, with a tread pattern that is renowned for its abilities to evacuate the mud, gravel and loose stones that are a regular feature of Wales Rally GB.
This year double points are on offer, so the stakes are even higher and teams will be concentrating on strategy harder than ever, while prioritising a safe finish.
After both made their final pit stops, Hamilton was able to use tyres that were one lap fresher to challenge Rosberg for the lead, setting up an exciting finale. In the end, Rosberg sealed his eighth career victory and his fifth win of 2014.
“I raced at Interlagos 12 times: I love it although it is extremely physically demanding for the driver, as the car is constantly cornering and you are subjected to a lot of forces…”
Pirelli says that the front riders need a tyre capable of absorbing the high power accumulated during braking without suffering high ‘crushing’. At the rear, Pirelli says it needs to focus on a soft tyre to provide adequate traction
Hamilton’s 32nd victory means that he is now fifth on the list of all-time winners, equalling Fernando Alonso, and has the highest number of Formula One wins of any British driver.