Pirelli reveals Malaysian GP tyre selections
19 September 2017 – Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has revealed drivers' selections for the Malaysian Grand Prix, with Red Bull and Ferrari going more aggressive than Mercedes.
Pirelli will bring its Super Soft, Soft and Medium compounds to the Sepang event, the same as in China, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Britain, Hungary and Italy, and also selected for Japan and Brazil.
Williams and McLaren have taken the most aggressive approach, selecting 10 sets of Super Softs, two sets of Softs and just the one, mandatory set of Mediums per driver.
Out of the frontrunners, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen will take the most sets of Super Softs, selecting nine each, with Daniel Ricciardo on eight.
Mercedes' choice is more conservative, with seven sets of Super Softs per driver; Lewis Hamilton will take more Softs (five sets) and Valtteri Bottas more Mediums (two sets).
As usual, drivers were free to pick 10 out of 13 compounds; a set of Super Softs will be held for Q3, and a set of Softs and Mediums for the race (one of which must be used).