Monaco Grand Prix: F1 teams' first free tyre choice of '17 revealed

Formula 1 teams have leaned heavily towards the ultra-soft tyre for the Monaco Grand Prix as they make their own selections for the first time in 2017

Monaco Grand Prix: F1 teams' first free tyre choice of '17 revealed

Usually, tyre supplier Pirelli mandates three of the 13 sets per driver, with teams free to make their own selection for the other 10.

But with a new tyre being used for 2017, all 13 sets for each driver have been identical and defined in the regulations for the first five races.

Pirelli is supplying the soft, super-soft and ultra-soft for the Monte Carlo street race, with all teams using the majority of their allocation for the softest rubber in the range.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen along with the Williams of Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer have chosen the most with 11 sets.

That leaves each driver with only one set of the softs and one set of the super-soft.

Championship rivals Mercedes and Ferrari have slightly different strategies, with Mercedes choosing nine sets of the ultra-softs and three super-softs while Ferrari has opted for an extra set of the ultra-soft rubber.

Jenson Button, who is returning for a one-off appearance in place of Fernando Alonso, is the only driver to have chosen two sets of the soft. Every other driver has only one set.

Toro Rosso has echoed Mercedes' strategy while Force India, Haas and Sauber are in line with Ferrari.

Monaco Grand Prix tyre choices

Driver Team Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1 3 9
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1 3 9
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1 1 11
Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 1 11
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1 2 10
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1 2 10
Sergio Perez Force India 1 2 10
Esteban Ocon Force India 1 2 10
Felipe Massa Williams 1 1 11
Lance Stroll Williams 1 1 11
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1 2 10
Jenson Button McLaren 2 1 10
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1 3 9
Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1 3 9
Romain Grosjean Haas 1 2 10
Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 2 10
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 1 11
Jolyon Palmer Renault 1 1 11
Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1 2 10
Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1 2 10
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