Frontrunning F1 drivers split on tyre choices for Brazilian GP

Formula 1's top teams diverged slightly in their tyre selections for the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix, as the grid as a whole overwhelmingly favoured softer compounds

Frontrunning F1 drivers split on tyre choices for Brazilian GP

Mercedes, which won the constructors' championship at the US GP and helped Lewis Hamilton secure the drivers' title last time out in Mexico, has chosen eight sets of the super-soft compound and four sets of the soft for both Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Ferrari has settled on nine sets of super-softs and three sets of softs for Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Red Bull, meanwhile, has split strategies between its two drivers, with Mexico GP winner Max Verstappen getting the same selection as Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo's choices in line with those made by Mercedes.

Every team other than Red Bull opted for identical tyre selections for both cars.

Midfield outfits Williams and Haas were the most bullish on supersofts, going for 10 sets of the softest compound available.

All 20 drivers will have only one set of the medium compound at their disposal, as nobody decided to add to the one mandatory set of the hardest available tyre designated for the race.

Brazilian Grand Prix tyre choices

Driver Team Medium Soft Super-soft
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1 4 8
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1 4 8
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1 4 8
Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 3 9
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1 3 9
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1 3 9
Sergio Perez Force India 1 4 8
Esteban Ocon Force India 1 4 8
Felipe Massa Williams 1 2 10
Lance Stroll Williams 1 2 10
Fernando Alonso McLaren 1 3 9
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1 3 9
Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1 4 8
Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1 4 8
Romain Grosjean Haas 1 4 8
Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 4 8
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 2 10
Carlos Sainz Jr Renault 1 2 10
Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1 3 9
Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1 3 9
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