Mercedes F1 team goes aggressive on Mexican Grand Prix tyre choice

Mercedes has opted for a more aggressive approach than its main Formula 1 rivals with its tyre selection for upcoming Mexican Grand Prix

Mercedes F1 team goes aggressive on Mexican Grand Prix tyre choice

The champion squad has chosen nine sets of the softest tyre compound - the ultra-soft - for next weekend's event at Mexico City, which will host the 18th round of the championship after this week's United States GP.

In contrast to Mercedes, Red Bull has opted to take just six set of ultra-softs. Ferrari will have seven sets at its disposal.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will have three sets of super-softs available to him, while rival Sebastian Vettel will have five sets of the red-marked rubber. Both men have opted for just one set of softs.

The Williams, McLaren, Renault and Toro Rosso teams, along with Force India's Esteban Ocon, have maxed out on ultra-softs, with 10 sets each.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen is the only driver to have opted for three sets of softs for the Mexican event.

Pirelli has listed Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat as Toro Rosso's drivers for Mexico City, but the team has yet to officially announce its line-up.

Mexican Grand Prix tyre choices

Driver Team Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1 3 9
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 2 2 9
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 3 4 6
Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 3 4 6
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1 5 7
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2 4 7
Sergio Perez Force India 2 2 9
Esteban Ocon Force India 1 2 10
Felipe Massa Williams 2 1 10
Lance Stroll Williams 1 2 10
Fernando Alonso McLaren 2 1 10
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1 2 10
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1 2 10
Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1 2 10
Romain Grosjean Haas 2 3 8
Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 4 8
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 2 10
Carlos Sainz Jr Renault 1 2 10
Marcus Ericsson Sauber 2 3 8
Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 2 3 8


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