Our seats were at the famed Ascari “Uno” at Turn 15, where we were hoping to witness a lot of passing (and we did).
As the sole tire supplier to Formula 1, you'll find Pirelli tires everywhere. At Monza, which is near Pirelli's headquarters in Milan, Italy, Pirelli had a large hospitality tent. I didn't have passes to get in, but managed to catch a glimpse of some of its tires. Here we can see what appears to be an Formula 1 “prime” (medium) dry tire to the left, a P Zero Corsa streetable competition tire for passenger cars (middle), and a full Formula 1 “wet” in the back. The gent I was with, Victor Carillo, does all the PR for Pirelli and Brembo in the USA through his company, ID Agency.
At Monza, the cops wear these green-berets, which give off a mess-you-up, Special Forces-kind of vibe. I dared Victor to go up to one of the lads and flick some Nutella on his ear but he cowardly denied.
We got a 45-minute pit-walk pass just prior to the start of the race. While it was incredibly crowded, we still managed to get some shots of the F1 cars. This is Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus.