Pirelli shares F1 Abu Dhabi GP tyre choice as Red Bull goes different
The final tyre list for the 2019 F1 season is out.
Pirelli Motorsport has revealed the tyre choice of teams and drivers for F1 Abu Dhabi GP (November 29 - December 1) as Red Bull Racing differs slightly from Mercedes and Ferrari.
As known, Pirelli is bringing C3 (hard), C4 (medium) and C5 (soft) for the F1 Abu Dhabi GP at Yas Marina Circuit, with Red Bull differing from Mercedes and Ferrari in the tyre choices as they have nine sets of the soft compound like Toro Rosso and Williams.
Both the Red Bull drivers have opted for three sets of medium and one of hard which is same for Daniil Kvyat and Robert Kubica, while Pierre Gasly and George Russell have two each of medium and hard compound for the final race of the 2019 F1 season.
Mercedes and Ferrari, meanwhile, have gone for eight sets of the soft compound for the Abu Dhabi GP, which is same for every other F1 team on the grid as the list includes Renault, McLaren, Racing Point, Haas and Alfa Romeo Racing.
Among them, reigning champion Lewis Hamilton has gone for three sets of medium and two of hard, which is same for Charles Leclerc, Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean, Lando Norris, Antonio Giovinazzi and both the Racing Point drivers.
As for the remaining F1 drivers like Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Sainz and Kimi Raikkonen, they have all gone for four sets of the medium compound and just one of hard.
As the rule states, the teams get 13 set of tyres for the whole Abu Dhabi 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.
In case you wish to check the choice in pictorial form, it can be found here.