Pirelli has given an opinion on race strategy for the Belgian Grand Prix.
The Belgian Grand Prix saw a crazy qualification take place, with surprise results all over. This was mainly due to the rain that fell torrentially at Spa, and that threw up some surprising results and strategies.
As the race is run over 44 laps, strategy is of paramount importance to do well. According to the tyre manufacturer, that will make or break the race. As such, Pirelli has given an opinion on race strategy.
“This year looks very different,” Pirelli said on their official website.
“For a start, race conditions are set to be much cooler than last year. And there’s a strong chance of rain too, with the Cinturato Green intermediate tyres dominating the day’s action.
“First and foremost, we’re all relieved that Lando Norris is OK after a very big accident at one of the quickest points on the circuit. This was an extremely tricky qualifying where it was very hard to predict the weather from one minute to the next, forcing the teams to think on their feet.
“Similar conditions are expected for tomorrow, so that particular challenge is set to continue. The intermediate tyre, which was used for the bulk of today’s running, showed itself to be capable of handling a wide variety of wet and drying conditions.
“Tomorrow’s strategy – where we don’t even know yet which type of tyres the drivers will be starting the race on – is going to be mainly about adapting to changing circumstances, as we saw throughout today.”
Pirelli’s assessment is spot on. This Belgian Grand Prix already looks quite different from the last iteration. This time, it is set in heavy rains and dangerous conditions, so drivers and teams will have to plan carefully.
Hopefully, the race proceeds safely and without and hitches, and we see some good racing.