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    Formula 1 is back in Montreal for the first time since 2019, and Pirelli have nominated their softest tyre compounds for the third race weekend in a row.

    F1’s official tyre suppliers have allocated the C3 hard tyre (x2 sets), C4 medium tyre (x3 sets) and the C5 soft tyre (x8 sets) for the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix.

    Pirelli have pointed to the similarities in conditions between Montreal and Baku –with the heavy traction and braking demands on a rapidly-evolving circuit – but with lower speeds and cooler temperatures at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

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    “Canada will pose a number of question marks for the teams: the weather is often variable, all previous data is three years old, and we have a completely different range of tyres with new compounds and structures, on a track that is hardly ever used – which will lead to a very high degree of evolution,” said Pirelli’s Motorsport Director Mario Isola.

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    Pirelli's tyre infographic for the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix

    “Compared to their last visit to Montreal, the drivers should find compounds that are more stable with a wider working range, enabling them to push harder throughout each stint with a much lower risk of overheating.

    “One interesting aspect to Montreal is that it has one of the lowest pit lane time loss penalties on the calendar, meaning that a car can be in and out of the pit lane in less than 20 seconds. This could open up a few options in terms of strategy.”

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