Ferrari takes the most super-softs for Hungary

2016 Hungarian Grand Prix

Posted on

| Written by

Ferrari has selected the most sets of the super-soft tyres for next week’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will each have nine sets of the softest compound available compared to eight for the Mercedes drivers and seven for the Red Bull pair.

Only three drivers have chosen more than one set of the medium tyre: the Force India pair and Esteban Gutierrez of Haas. Haas is also the only team whose drivers have differed in their tyre selection.

Lewis HamiltonMercedes
Nico RosbergMercedes
Sebastian VettelFerrari
Kimi RaikkonenFerrari
Felipe MassaWilliams
Valtteri BottasWilliams
Daniel RicciardoRed Bull
Max VerstappenRed Bull
Nico HulkenbergForce India
Sergio PerezForce India
Kevin MagnussenRenault
Jolyon PalmerRenault
Daniil KvyatToro Rosso
Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso
Marcus EricssonSauber
Felipe NasrSauber
Fernando AlonsoMcLaren
Jenson ButtonMcLaren
Pascal WehrleinManor
Rio HaryantoManor
Romain GrosjeanHaas
Esteban GutierrezHaas

2016 Hungarian Grand Prix

    Browse all Hungarian Grand Prix articles

    Author information

    Keith Collantine
    Lifelong motor sport fan Keith set up RaceFans in 2005 - when it was originally called F1 Fanatic. Having previously worked as a motoring...

    Got a potential story, tip or enquiry? Find out more about RaceFans and contact us here.

    11 comments on “Ferrari takes the most super-softs for Hungary”

    1. 9 sets each for ferrari.
      FP3: 1 set
      Q1: 2 sets?
      Q2: 2 sets?
      Q3: 1set + additional free set from Pirelli (right?)

      That leaves 3 left for the race. The 3 softs, surely would be used up (2 in FP1, 1 in FP2?)

      1. I guess there is no additional set from Pirelli your Q3 set comes from your allocation itself.
        FP 1 : 2 SS
        FP 2 : 1 S 1 SS
        FP 3 : 2 SS
        Q : 3/4 SS which might leave 1 SS fresh or all used with 2 Soft and 1 Medium for the race.

        1. that’s news to me. I thought each driver who makes it to Q3 gets an extra set of the softest compound (which they give back after I assume). In fact of course this is the case

      2. In the end the initial tire allocation probably won’t matter much. Usually the teams will end up with 3 sets of the softest compound, 2 sets of the (unused) middle compound and 1 set of the hardest compound (also unused I guess). Only the cars outside the top 10 have an additional new set of the softest compound.

        Due to the nature of the track the gap between the compounds will be quite large, so possibly it’s more beneficial to run the softer compounds. Therefore I’m curious if Force India intends to do a 2-stop race on mediums, or that they just use the mediums for a race simulation.

    2. And suddenly in the race they will put them on used mediums..

    3. If anything these lists have proven is that they don’t change a thing on Sunday. Teams put a different emphasis on practice and end up on the same strategy anyway.

      1. Maybe so but i think its rather often drivers that put on used tyres becouse things didnt go as planned.

      2. Not completely, because at Austria, Lewis could do 2 stints with medium tires (the best at that moment, with that track temperature), where Rosberg had to do 1 of the stints on Ultra Softs. Because he (or his team) had chosen for different tires, they simply didn’t have 2 medium sets….

        And there probably have been more of these situations, but we just didn’t notice them. It all comes down to track temperature. unless we know how much it exact will be, we cannot predict the best compound.

    4. Surprised Mercedes is bringing so many super softs (one set more than most teams). Don’t they usually fare better on the harder tyres?

      1. I was thinking the same- they usually prefer the medium tyres. Maybe they are getting jitters regarding the pace offset of the soft and the medium given how close Red Bull seem to be, especially at a downforce track like Hungary.

      2. Possibly the teams that expect to get into Q3 take an additional set of the softest tires available, as the other teams get an extra set of these qualifying tires for the race (so therefore these teams might choose an additional set of one of the harder compounds to be in a better position in the race).

    Comments are closed.