Pirelli has revealed the tyre compound selections each driver has made under the new-for-2016 regulations for next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
For 2016, the tyre selection options have been expanded to three dry-weather tyre compounds at each Grand Prix, with thirteen sets per driver allocated. Out of these compounds, the drivers will choose ten sets of any compound they wish. Pirelli chooses the other three, with one set of the softest compound allocated for qualifying and two sets for the race (one of which must be used).
As was the case at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Pirelli has allocated the Medium, Soft and Super Soft compounds to be used at the Sakhir circuit.
Intriguingly, the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers have all chosen six sets of the Super Soft tyres, but varied in their choices of the remaining tyre sets: the Mercedes drivers favoured the Soft tyres, while the Ferrari pair opted for more Medium compound tyres.
This fits with the idea that Ferrari will aim to run at least one stop less than the Mercedes’ on Sunday night’s race, an admission that the SF-16 cannot yet compete with Mercedes’ F1W07 in outright pace.
The other two top-four teams – Williams and Red Bull Racing – also took differing paths: the former’s drivers took seven Super Soft sets each and three apiece of the Soft and Medium compounds, while the latter pairing opted for Six Super Soft sets, five Soft sets and two Medium sets.
Most teams’ driver pairings took identical tyre selections, however there are differing selections in Scuderia Toro Rosso, Sauber and Haas.
Each driver and teams’ allocations can be viewed at this infographic, supplied by Pirelli Motorsport:
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