The Monaco GP marks the first appearance of the 2018 F1 season for the new HyperSoft tyre, which - as the name (voted for by the fans) suggests - is the softest compound in Pirelli's range.
Because it's a street track (in case you weren't aware), grip levels are very low and the track evolution is very high. This is part of the reason why Pirelli's three softest tyre compounds have been taken to Monaco.
It's believe the HyperSoft could become a "Monaco tyre", working perfectly with the mix of low grip levels, slow corners and big braking zones. Therefore, tyre nominations have been very HyperSoft-heavy for this weekend's race.
We've seen lap records and track records tumble this season, partly due to the softer tyres in 2018. That will almost certainly continue in Monaco and there's the potential for some blindingly-fast laps in Q3, so be prepared!
To make sure you are prepped and ready, here are the times to look out for are:
- Track Record: 1:12.178 (RAI, Q3, 2017)
- Race Lap Record: 1:14.820 (PER, 2017)