Mercedes, Ferrari drivers have same tyre strategy for F1 French GP
Pirelli Motorsport has revealed the compounds of the various drivers and teams for F1 French GP on June 21-23 as Mercedes and Ferrari opt for the same strategy.
As revealed earlier, Pirelli is bringing the C2 (hard), C3 (medium) and C4 (soft) for the F1 French GP at Circuit Paul Ricard. The Top 2 teams, Mercedes and Ferrari, have gone for a similar strategy but Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen differs from them.
The Mercedes and Ferrari drivers along with McLaren, Williams and Red Bull's Pierre Gasly have opted for nine sets of soft compound, where Mercedes, Ferrari, Gasly, Carlos Sainz and George Russell having the same tyre strategy for the French GP.
They have three sets of medium and one of hard to go with the nine sets of soft, whereas Lando Norris and Robert Kubica have gone for two each of medium and hard compounds. Verstappen, meanwhile, has chosen for eight sets of the soft compound.
He has only the Racing Point drivers to have chosen for eight soft sets but still they different from each other. The Dutchman has four sets of medium - the maximum among all - with one of hard, while Racing Point has three sets of medium and two of hard.
The rest of the teams like Renault, Haas, Alfa Romeo Racing and Toro Rosso have gone for 10 sets of soft compound - the maximum chosen, where Alfa Romeo, Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen and Alexander Albon have the same choice.
They all have chosen two sets of medium and one of hard, whereas Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean and Daniil Kvyat have gone for two sets of hard and one of the medium compound for the French GP at Paul Ricard.
As the rule states, the teams get 13 set of tyres for the whole Canadian GP weekend, with one set of the softest compound to be kept by the Top 10 F1 drivers to use in Q3. After the completion of qualifying, the Top 10 drivers will have to return that set, while the other drivers can keep it for the race.
For the races, each driver has to keep one set each of the two harder compounds available for the weekend, while the rest 10 sets they are free to choose from the three available compounds for the particular driver.
Full photo of the tyre list can be found here in the original story.
[Note: This story was also written by me on FormulaRapida.net]