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Pirelli Downplays Grip Changes at Refurbished Montreal Circuit

Montreal Track’s Resurface Unlikely to Boost Grip: Pirelli

04/06/2024

Pirelli does not anticipate significant changes with the resurfacing of the Montreal track. The firm maintains that Montreal will continue to exhibit low grip levels.

The new surface at the Montreal circuit is unlikely to alter grip levels, according to Pirelli.

Montreal’s Gilles Villeneuve circuit has been completely refurbished ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, with changes also made to the curbs.

Pirelli expects that the track’s new surface will not result in any significant change in grip levels. F1 has experienced uneventful races at some circuits following resurfacing, but Montreal was already known for its low grip levels, and Pirelli believes it is unlikely this has changed.

The entire track has been renovated since last year’s event to meet FIA standards. In its briefing to the media ahead of the event, Pirelli stated that “on paper, the existing characteristics of the track, namely low abrasiveness – and therefore reduced grip – should remain unchanged”.

However, they emphasized that they could not be certain until their engineers had the first opportunity to assess the new surface tomorrow.

Montreal will mark the third consecutive race to use the three softest compounds from the 2024 range, namely the C3 hard, C4 medium, and C5 soft.

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