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Mercedes favour softer tyres for Canadian Grand Prix

2019 Canadian Grand Prix

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Mercedes will take more sets of the softest available tyres to next week’s Canadian Grand Prix than rivals Ferrari.

The world championship leaders, who have won every race this year, have opted for eight sets of Pirelli’s soft rubber. This compound, known as C5, is the softest in their range.

However Mercedes has also selected one extra set of the hard tyres for Valtteri Bottas. Ferrari, last year’s winners at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, have chosen more medium compound tyres than any of their rivals, opting for five sets of the C4s each for Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

McLaren, Racing Point and Alfa Romeo have been the most aggressive with their tyre selections, bring nine sets of the soft tyres for each of their drivers.

2019 Canadian Grand Prix tyre selections

Driver Team Hard (C3) Medium (C4) Soft (C5)
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1 4 8
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 2 3 8
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1 5 7
Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1 5 7
Max Verstappen Red Bull 2 4 7
Pierre Gasly Red Bull 2 4 7
Daniel Riccairdo Renault 1 4 8
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2 3 8
Kevin Magnussen Haas 2 3 8
Romain Grosjean Haas 1 4 8
Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren 2 2 9
Lando Norris McLaren 2 2 9
Sergio Perez Racing Point 2 2 9
Lance Stroll Racing Point 2 2 9
Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1 3 9
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 2 2 9
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1 4 8
Alexander Albon Toro Rosso 1 4 8
George Russell Williams 3 3 7
Robert Kubica Williams 2 3 8

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4 comments on “Mercedes favour softer tyres for Canadian Grand Prix”

  1. Panagiotis Papatheodorou (@panagiotism-papatheodorou)
    28th May 2019, 19:45

    So far I think Ferrari has a much closer race pace with the harder compounds tbh.

    1. It all depends on weather, if its hot and dry it will play into hands of Mercs. Slightly cooler temps it will work in favour of Ferraris and if it rains(as weather reports are predicting) then it will massively play in favour of Mercs.

  2. Softer compounds, harder compounds, Mercedes 100 % wins. F1 is more excitement to endure than one can handle almost, zzzz…

  3. “Mercedes will take more sets of the softest available tyres to next week’s Canadian Grand Prix than rivals Ferrari.”

    Appreciate your optimism Keith !!!

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