The tyre selections for the upcoming Formula 1 German Grand Prix sees an interesting mix with two leading drivers, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel have gone for the same choice of tyres.
Both have opted for the least seven sets each of ultrasoft along with four of soft and two medium compound. The same option has been taken by Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Haas’ Romain Grosjean.
Like their teammates, Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen have the same choice as well but differs from them. They have seven sets of ultrasofts even but then have opted for five sets of soft and one of medium which Haas’ Kevin Magnussen has as well.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, has eight sets of ultrasoft compound like Force India, Toro Rosso, McLaren and Sauber's Marcus Ericsson. But they all are same on the three sets of soft and two of medium too.
Though Ericsson's teammate Charles Leclerc has the eight sets of ultrasoft compound, but he has opted for three sets of medium and two soft instead. The Williams pair of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin are the only ones with nine sets each of ultrasoft compound.
In addition, Stroll will have two sets of both the reamining compounds, while Sirotkin has opted for three sets of soft and one of medium. Renault drivers have gone for the highest number of ultrasoft tyres at 10.
Carlos Sainz though has gone for two sets each of medium and one soft to Nico Hulkenberg’s two sets of medium and one soft.
The teams get 13 set of tyres for the weekend, with one set of the softest compound to be kept for 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 drive.
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