Strategy and set-up keys

Pirelli have chosen the softest trio of tyre compounds from their 2024 range for this weekend’s action at Imola, with the C3 serving as the white-marked hard, the C4 as the yellow-marked medium and the C5 as the red-marked soft.

The three softest compounds being in play could lead to more strategic options during the race, which has traditionally been a one-stop, reinforced by the track holding one of the biggest pit lane time losses of the year.

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According to the Italian manufacturer, “the track is not particularly hard in terms of the forces exerted on the tyres, even if the asphalt is still relatively abrasive”, despite the most recent resurfacing work dating back to 2011.

A packed programme across the Grand Prix weekend, which includes Porsche Supercup, Formula 3 and Formula 2, means the track surface should also grip up considerably as each session passes – providing no rain washes it away.

FAN VIEW: Absolute domination from the aforementioned front five, with literal slim pickings for the rest of the field. Outside of Norris, the Red Bulls and Ferraris, it is Oscar Piastri (McLaren) who is performing best on F1 Play. Meanwhile, there is virtually no support for seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

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