Mercedes and Ferrari have selected relatively few soft tyres for next weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Instead most of the teams’ four drivers will have five sets of the medium compound tyre. Valtteri Bottas is an exception, as he will have an extra set of hards instead of one of his sets of mediums.
That will give Mercedes the option of testing the hard tyre during practice, something they did not do at Suzuka. During the race Lewis Hamilton questioned why the team didn’t use a set of hard tyres so he could try a one-stop strategy.
Last year’s winners Red Bull has made a more typical tyre selection for this weekend, opting for nine sets of the soft tyres. Like Ferrari and Haas, they have only take the one mandatory set of hard tyres per driver. The other teams have all taken at least one extra set, while Mclaren and Racing Point have two sets for both drivers.
2019 Mexican Grand Prix tyre selections
|Driver||Team||Hard (C2)||Medium (C3)||Soft (C4)|
|Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1||3||9|
|Alexander Albon||Red Bull||1||3||9|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||McLaren||2||3||8|
|Sergio Perez||Racing Point||2||3||8|
|Lance Stroll||Racing Point||2||3||8|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||2||3||8|
|Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1||4||8|
|Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||2||4||7|
|Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||1||5||7|
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