Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton will enter the season-opening Australian Grand Prix aggressively taking only one set of Pirelli’s Soft tyres and nine sets of Ultrasoft tyres.

Williams rookie Sergey Sirotkin and Haas’ Romain Grosjean will also follow suit with Hamilton’s attacking strategy taking plenty of the purple-walled compound, claiming allocations of nine and eight sets respectively.

Meanwhile, Ferrari has chosen to take a more long-run, tyre conservative approach for both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen taking three sets of both the Soft and Supersoft tyres and seven Ultrasoft sets apiece.

Home favourite Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull Racing teammate Max Verstappen will enter with another approach in their RB14s taking two Softs, three Supersofts and eight Ultrasoft sets.

For the rest of the field, the most common strategy being used is two Soft and eight Ultrasoft sets, while Alfa Romeo Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc split their plans with differing Soft and Supersoft approaches.

Below shows the complete grid and their tyre selections for the upcoming Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 23-25:

2018 Australian Grand Prix - Pirelli tyre set choices

Image via Mercedes AMG F1 Team and Pirelli

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Luke McCullough

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Melbourne based and Australian Grand Prix enthusiast with over 10+ years of attendance.