Pirelli's tyre choice for the Italian Grand Prix has been branded “very conservative” by Sauber's head of track engineering, Giampaolo Dall'Ara.
Pirelli has nominated the hardest two tyres from its range for Monza – the hard and the medium - and Dall'Ara expects a number of teams will have trouble getting them up to temperature.
“Pirelli have opted for the hard and the medium compounds, which is an very conservative choice,” he confirmed.
“One step softer sounded more sensible for such a circuit, and we suspect that a number of teams will struggle to get the primes into their temperature working window.”
Adrian Sutil meanwhile agrees that the tyre choice will be a “challenge”. However he is still looking forward to the weekend and will be hoping Sauber can break its points duck for the year.
“The race weekend in Monza is always a very special event due to the popularity of Formula 1 and the tifosi. It is surely one of my favourite Grands Prix, as the Italians are great fans, and they generate a nice atmosphere around the track. The circuit is the fastest on the calendar, and I am curious about the top speed on the straights with the new engines,” Sutil continued.
“As Pirelli has chosen the medium and hard compounds though, it could be a challenge for us to bring the tyres up to temperature.”