As we head to the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal all eyes will be on Pirelli.
After the big debate on whether they are contributing to the entertainment factor and the controversy surrounding the teams ostensibly gaining an advantage with ‘secret’ testing, the time has come to see just what the new compounds are capable of.
On receiving complaints about the unusually high degradation levels, Pirelli agreed to tweak its formula for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix. Although the teams will receive two sets of the new compound Friday, they won’t be able to use them in qualifying or the race. Pirelli claim they have hit their limit in development for the rest of 2013, so fingers crossed the new rubber will be a little more durable.
Another interesting factor to watch out for in Canada is the added DRS (Drag Reduction System) zone. Despite the FIA removing the second DRS zone from last year’s race because of easy overtaking, they decided to bring to back, although 2013 will feature just one activation point.
The first DRS zone is just before Turn 12 and the second just after turn 14 into the start-finish straight.
The Gilles Villeneuve Circuit is renowned as a car killer for its combination of fast straights and slow hairpins and chicanes. The drivers experience extreme fatigue levels towards the end of the race, and a moment’s lapse in concentration leaving turn 14 will present them with the chance of experiencing the legendary wall too.
Because the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit doesn’t see much racing action due to it being a temporary venue, drivers are faced with a ‘green’ track until fresh rubber is laid down. This means the track will continuously evolve as the cars circulate. Qualifying will be a chaotic window in the dying few minutes of each session to ensure the best of track conditions.
Canada will be the biggest race so far this season – will the new Pirellis completely shuffle the teams’ performance standings and change how the rest of the season pans out?