This weekend marks the start of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship with Rallye Monte Carlo but not only that it also sees the dawn of a new era in the sport as Pirelli begin life as the sole tyre supplier to the sport. This weekend the Italian manufacturer have made a variety of tyres available to the ten WRC drivers in M-Sport, Hyundai and Toyota.
A total of 3,200 tyres have been brought to the Principality and each driver will receive 80 sets of tyres needing to use 34 sets for the event.
Of the 3,200 allocated, 800 tyres are for use by the three WRC teams. The following sets are available:
- 24 P Zero RA Super Soft
- 20 P Zero RA Soft
- 24 Sottozero STZ-B studded
- 12 Sottozero STZ-B without studs
Terenzio Testoni, Rally activity manager with Pirelli commented saying:
We’re delighted to be coming back with some brand new tyre concepts: all our previous rallying successes and know-how have gone into the development of this latest generation of tyres. Monte-Carlo is the most challenging rally of the year for tyres, where crews have to think about making the best choice for whole loops rather than individual stages. This year, the job becomes even harder due to Covid-related restrictions, which might mean we see one of the most unpredictable Montes ever.”