2022 Italian Grand Prix - Sunday
MARCO TRONCHETTI PROVERA, PIRELLI CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND VICE CHAIRMAN:
“A celebration of Italian automotive technology and know-how”
“We are proud to play a prominent part in this celebration of Italian automotive technology and know-how at our home grand prix, on the occasion of Monza’s centenary and Pirelli’s 150 years.
As well as also producing motorsport tyres at the cutting edge of technology for nearly 250 championships worldwide, we sustain culture and support the arts through Pirelli HangarBicocca in particular, so Pirelli wanted to mark this occasion with a unique trophy that has a direct relevance to the pinnacle of world motorsport. Many thanks to Patrick Tuttofuoco and Pirelli HangarBicocca for making it happen through an iconic artwork that perfectly links past and present.”
TYRE TALES: HOW THE RACE WAS WON
It took Red Bull’s Max Verstappen just 12 laps to rise from P7 on the grid to the race lead after Ferrari’s poleman Charles Leclerc pitted under a virtual safety car. They were two of five drivers to start on the P Zero Red soft tyres, with the other 15 starting on the P Zero Yellow medium. Verstappen pitted for his only scheduled stop on lap 25, underlining the low degradation of the soft, before re-emerging in second on the medium and taking the lead once more when Leclerc made his second stop. A safety car close to the end triggered another round of stops, but this did not alter the overall classification, with the race ending under the safety car.
BEST OF THE REST: THE ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY
There was a variety of different strategies seen today, with eight different strategies in the top 10. While the winning strategy was likely to have been a one-stopper (without the safety car) Leclerc committed to a two-stopper using soft and medium, while Mercedes driver George Russell was the only podium finisher to use the P Zero White hard as part of his run plan.
Patrick Tuttofuoco’s Eon trophy, echoed within the design of the famous podium overlooking the track at Monza this year, is named after the longest measurable unit of time, which borders on the infinite. The artist chose this theme in order to portray a never-ending loop that evokes the cyclical nature of time, which is closely linked to the power and speed that symbolises modern Formula 1.
PATRICK TUTTOFUOCO AND PIRELLI HANGARBICOCCA
Patrick Tuttofuoco was born in 1974 in Milan, where he still lives and works. With a 30-year artistic career, he is one of the best-known personalities on the Italian scene. He works in sculpture, video, neon, and installation, and uses light and colour to create atmospheres and emotions. The Pirelli HangarBicocca is a well-known artistic institution inhabiting a former warehouse now owned and supported by Pirelli next to the company’s headquarters in Milan, which is used as a museum of contemporary art.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR NEXT
The European season isn’t quite over yet, as Pirelli remains at Monza for a one-day 2023 prototype tyre test at Monza on Tuesday, with Red Bull. The remaining six races of the championship now take place in Asia, America, and the Middle East.