Thursday Tyre Summary

  • Ferrari was the team to beat in free practice, with Charles Leclerc edging out his team mate Carlos Sainz in the afternoon FP2 session – the only drivers dipping below the 1m12s barrier ­– while Red Bull’s Sergio Perez topped the time sheets in FP1. They all used the P Zero Red soft tyre to set their best times, with the softest compound in the range (called ‘C5’) making its 2021 debut at Monaco this weekend.
  • Temperatures were warm and dry all day with track temperatures peaking at 45 degrees centigrade during the afternoon FP2 session. This helped the drivers to maintain tyre temperature, although as usual finding a gap in the Monaco traffic was a challenge.
  • The performance gap between the tyre compounds is as expected so far: with around 0.8 seconds between the hard and the medium, and a similar gap between the medium and soft.



Mario Isola - Pirelli's Head of F1 & Car Racing

The circuit was actually in good condition for FP2 in particular with significant track evolution, thanks also to the support events. We saw solid performance from all three compounds, with a similar time gap between all of them. As expected, the teams concentrated on the hard and medium in the morning followed by the medium and soft for their performance runs in the afternoon in preparation for qualifying – which of course, takes place the day after tomorrow in Monaco.

This means that track conditions may be slightly different by the time we get to the crucial qualifying session – with a slight risk of rain before FP3, which might reset the asphalt conditions. Conditions were quite warm today, with track temperatures being a key influence on tyre wear and degradation, which is quite low in Monaco. As a result, we’ve seen nothing today to suggest that teams will deviate from the usual one-stopper at Monaco, with the soft and the medium preferred, judging from today’s run plans.

HARD C3Verstappen1m13.191s
MEDIUM C4Sainz1m12.606s
SOFT C5Perez1m12.487s
HARD C3Sainz1m12.749s
MEDIUM C4Hamilton1m12.569s
SOFT C5Leclerc1m11.684s
HARD C3Raikkonen21
MEDIUM C4Sainz27
SOFT C5Latifi25

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