Mercedes conservative with Brazil GP tyre choice
Formula 1’s leading two teams have adopted different approaches regarding their tyre compound choices for next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Pirelli has nominated the hardest three compounds from its range – the C1s, C2s and C3s – for the upcoming round of the campaign at Interlagos.
Ferrari and Red Bull have chosen 10 sets of Softs, two Mediums and one batch of the Hards.
Mercedes, meanwhile, will take only eight sets of Softs, with four sets of Mediums and one Hard for Lewis Hamilton, and three sets of Mediums and two Hards for Valtteri Bottas.
Only McLaren has taken a similarly conservative approach, with the remainder of teams having either nine or 10 batches of the Soft tyre compound available.
As per usual each driver will have 13 sets of tyres available through the weekend, of which one set of Softs must be cast aside for use only in Q3, while either the Mediums or Hards must be used for one stint of the race.