Mercedes adopt alternate tyre strategy for Russian GP
Mercedes has adopted a different tyre strategy compared to its rivals for next week's Russian Grand Prix as Pirelli has revealed the compound selections for each driver.
The Italian manufacturer has nominated the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for the grand prix at the Sochi circuit, the three compounds from the middle of its range.
As usual, Pirelli mandates one of each compound for every driver, after which they are permitted free choice for the remaining 10 sets from their allocation of 13.
Both Silver Arrows drivers will take only eight sets of the red-marked soft tyre while the rest of the field will take more, this means both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will carry more of the Medium and Hard tyres respectively.
Rivals Ferrari and Red Bull will take identical amounts of each compound being one set of the Hards, three sets of Mediums and nine of the Softs.
McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz Jr., Lando Norris along with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Williams' Robert Kubica will take with them two sets of Hards and Mediums and nine sets of softs.
The rest of the field take on differing strategies.
The smooth asphalt of the Sochi circuit does not punish the rubber as severely as other circuits which will likely lean teams to adopt a one-stop strategy.