Formula 1 teams have stocked up on the soft compound for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
F1’s sole tyre supplier, Pirelli, has made available the C4 (Soft), C3 (Medium) and C2 (Hard) compounds for the race, scheduled for next weekend.
Amongst the front-running teams, Mercedes has taken the highest number of red-walled soft tyres at 10 per driver with both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas taking just two of the medium and one set of hards.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel differ slightly, with nine sets of the soft whilst Leclerc has taken three sets of the yellow-medium and Vettel two.
Both Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon have matched Leclerc’s selection.
No driver has taken more than two sets of the hard compound, which is no surprise given the nature of the Albert Park circuit which is a high-speed temporary street circuit.