The McLaren drivers have gone for an aggressive approach with their tyre compound selections for the upcoming Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.
With Pirelli supplying the Medium, Soft and Supersoft compound tyres for the 2018 season’s second round, both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne have opted to take the maximum of nine sets of Supersoft tyres each permitted under the regulations.
No other team has opted for as aggressive an approach, although the driver pairings from the Renault, Force India and Haas teams have come closest with eight sets of Supersoft tyres.
The remaining teams’ drivers have opted for a maximum of seven sets of the Supersoft tyres, with little in the way of variation in choices over the remaining Medium and Soft compound selections.
Among the frontrunning teams, the only notable point of difference is between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. The latter has opted for one Medium tyre set and five sets of Soft tyres, while his four-time World Championship winning teammate has opted for two sets of Mediums and four sets of Softs.
The Bahrain Grand Prix takes place on April 6-8.
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