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Monaco Thursday quotes: Pirelli

Paul Hembery: "Of all the tyres in our range, the teams have had the least running of all on the supersoft to date, so today was very important for them to get out and expand their knowledge of the compound in the truly unique conditions of Monaco. Unfortunately the changeable weather conditions meant that the majority of the field were unable to compare the soft and supersoft tyres as much as we had hoped making Saturday's practice very important for the full fuel load runs.

"There will still be plenty of data for us to analyse tonight, and we would expect the soft tyre to last for around 50 laps and the supersoft to last for 35 laps, with a difference of about a second per lap between the two compounds. This is going to make strategy a very important part of the equation, with the key thing in qualifying being to find a clear lap, which is never easy. The supersofts have a rapid warm-up time: then it's down to the driver to make it count. But even in Monaco, we've seen how a good tyre strategy can help drivers make up positions if they are further down the grid."

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