Leading F1 teams split on Mexico tyre choices
17 October 2017 – Leading Formula 1 teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have taken different stances regarding tyre compounds for next weekend's Mexican Grand Prix.
Pirelli has nominated its softest three compounds – the Ultra Softs, Super Softs and Softs – for the event at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
Out of the front-running teams, Mercedes has taken the most aggressive stance, with both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas having nine sets of Ultra Softs from its 13-set allocation.
Ferrari, meanwhile, will have seven sets of Ultra Softs available, while Red Bull has adopted a relatively conservative stance, with six sets of the purple-banded compound for Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
Title rivals Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will have just the one set of Softs available, with their compound variance coming in Super Softs, with Vettel having five sets to Hamilton's three.
A substantial bulk of the field – nine of the 20 drivers – will have 10 sets of the Ultra Soft tyre available for the weekend's action.
As per the regulations, one set of Ultra Softs must be set aside for use only in Q3, while either the Super Softs or Softs must be run for one stint of the Grand Prix.