Monaco is the slowest circuit on the calendar, which is very twisty with smooth asphalt, and also relies heavily on mechanical grip from the tyres. This makes it the perfect place for the supersoft with its rapid warm-up to make its debut this year, in combination with the soft.
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For Argentina, the drivers have the 205/65-15 Pirelli Scorpion KS Reinforced soft compound as the main tyre, with the 205/65-15 Pirelli Scorpion KH Reinforced hard as the option (for hotter or longer stages). These tyres are both based on last year’s K product to make them even more stable and durable for the rally’s 12 stages and 365 competitive kilometres.
The race was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, claiming his third victory of the season and the 36th of his career, with a soft-soft-medium strategy that was also adopted by his team mate Rosberg in third and Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who finished fourth
More than ever, tyre consistency has become a crucial parameter in the discipline, especially in the LM P1 category where the new tyre allowances could allow fewer sets than there are pit stops, and this could require the teams to double stint at least once.