The mob rule of the majority of the teams against Red Bull's recent dominance pressured Pirelli into bringing the super-soft/medium tyre combination to South Korea.
The tougher the tyre, the more of Red Bull's downforce advantage can be used. Funnily enough, the others didn't fancy that and pressed for a more marginal choice, to stop Sebastian Vettel disappearing into the distance.
The original soft/medium chosen for Yeongam would have made for a more balanced stint length between the two compounds, and that would have made two-stopping - much the fastest way here - much less marginal on tyre life.
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