Pirelli cooking in Monaco with Red shoes, models & figures

Pirelli, known for making good tires and the sole-supplier to Formula One, is also known for its rather revealing calendars with photography of some of the world’s top models including Isabeli Fontana, Natasha Poly, Saskia de Brauw, Lara Stone, Joan Smalls, Guinevere van Seenus, Malgosia Bela, Edita Vilkevicute, Kate Moss, Milla Jovovich, Margareth Made, and Rinko Kikuchi.

Like any good Italian company, appreciate the art of design and curves, they also are known for their cooking…yes, cooking. The Pirelli kitchen in the F1 paddock is known for it’s cuisine and this week in Monaco, the Italian tire maker will be releasing a new recipe book highlighting some of their favorites. No word on whether a nude Kate Moss will be featured in the kitchen working up her favorite dishes but one admits that if it’s Pirelli and it’s Italian recipes, it will most likely be great.

On a racing note, Pirelli’s recipe for Monaco will also include the Supersoft Red-marked tire compound along with its big brother, the soft yellow-marked tire compound. If we’re looking for recipes this weekend, then this ought to be a doozy as the soft tires will add some distinct action to the race through the streets. Pirelli motor sport boss Paul Hembery said:

“Monaco is a highlight of the season and a place where our supersoft and soft tyres have provided plenty of entertainment in the past. Last year, we had three drivers on three different strategies set for a grandstand finish – before a red flag got in the way. The supersoft is the only compound that remains unaltered from last year, as it proved to be so effective on circuits like Monaco, but of course the profile has been redesigned to better suit the 2012 regulations. With the wear rate being so low in Monaco, the drivers will be able to push at their hardest from start to finish. Tyre strategy will be very important in Monaco, where on-track overtaking is more difficult than anywhere else. Having said that, the Principality has a history of often springing a surprise. With the cars so evenly matched now, even the slightest advantage or smallest mistake can have a big impact on the final outcome of a race, as we’ve seen so far this season.”

  • The track surface is the least abrasive of the year, and added to the slow average speed (including the slowest hairpin bend on the calendar, taken at just 47kph) this leads to a very low level of tyre wear. The soft tyres are capable of lasting for 50 laps or more, making a one-stop strategy entirely realistic – although McLaren’s Jenson Button used a three-stop sprint strategy to finish on the podium last year.
  • The tight and twisty confines of the circuit, with no run-off area, have an important effect on race strategy. With a high risk of incidents that can bring out the safety car, the teams need enough flexibility in their strategies to be able to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • The brakes are used heavily in Monaco, and this transmits heat to the tyres that adds to the stress placed on the structure. Going into Sainte Devote, for example, the cars lose 160kph in just 100 metres. The tyres are also heavily challenged at the swimming pool complex. They hit the kerbs at more than 200kph, generating a lateral force of 3.65g.

Another interesting note is that Pirelli’s new 2011 Annual REport was recently announced and true to the Italian form, it is not only a book of numbers but a book of art:

As well as presenting all the facts and figures about the company’s performance last year, the book is also designed as a work of art. The drawings were made by renowned Dutch illustrator Stefan Glerum and there are contributions from some of Europe’s leading writers and academics.

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