Hypersofts dominate Formula 1 teams' Mexican Grand Prix tyre choice

Formula 1 drivers have loaded up on hypersoft tyres for next weekend's Mexican Grand Prix, with title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel making identical choices

Hypersofts dominate Formula 1 teams' Mexican Grand Prix tyre choice

Sole supplier Pirelli has nominated the new-for-2018 hypersoft, ultrasoft and supersoft compounds for the event at the high-altitude Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez near Mexico City.

Title opponents Hamilton and Vettel will each have eight sets of hypersofts, three ultrasofts and two supersofts.

F1 drivers have overwhelmingly preferred the pink-banded hypersoft compound, with Renault and Sauber selecting 10 sets of the tyre from their allocation of 13.

As usual one set of the hypersoft compound must be set aside for use only in Q3, while either the ultrasoft or supersoft must be run for one stint of the race, assuming dry conditions prevail.

Mexican Grand Prix tyre choices

Driver Team Supersoft Ultrasoft Hypersoft
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 3 8
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1 4 8
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 2 3 8
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2 3 8
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1 3 9
Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 2 2 9
Sergio Perez Force India 2 2 9
Esteban Ocon Force India 2 2 9
Lance Stroll Williams 1 3 9
Sergey Sirotkin Williams 2 2 9
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 2 10
Carlos Sainz Jr Renault 2 1 10
Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 2 2 9
Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 2 2 9
Romain Grosjean Haas 2 2 9
Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 3 9
Fernando Alonso McLaren 3 2 8
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 2 2 9
Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1 2 10
Charles Leclerc Sauber 2 1 10


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