Italian GP: Pirelli qualifying quotes
|Saturday, September 7th 2013, 14:59 GMT|
Paul Hembery: "Monza once more provided a thrilling qualifying session, which showcased the pure speed of the drivers and cars on top of the championship, as well as our tyres. Tomorrow we're expecting to see most of the teams adopting a one-stop strategy, with the uncertainty being whether they will choose to start on the medium or hard compounds.
"Even though we're expecting slightly cooler weather for the race there will still be huge demands on the tyres, but so far blistering has not been an issue. With a performance gap of around half a second between the two compounds, there is plenty of scope for the teams to adjust their strategy in order to try and gain track position, although Monza also provides plenty of opportunities for on-track overtaking.
"In particular, it will be interesting to see which drivers choose to start on the harder compound in order to run a longer first stint. Last year's race showed just what a difference the right tyre strategy can make, with Sergio Perez in the Sauber finishing second after having started from 13th on the grid."