Mercedes has opted for the most conservative tyre compound choice for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, whilst Scuderia Ferrari is the most aggressive of the front-running teams, as confirmed by Formula One’s official tyre supplier. Pirelli elected to make available the Medium, Soft and Supersoft compounds for the race at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which is due to be held on 13 May.
Mercedes has chosen three sets of the white-walled medium, five of the yellow-walled soft and five of the red-walled supersoft, in comparison the Maranello team has just two of the medium, four of the soft and seven of the supersoft for each of its drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Red Bull has opted for a similar strategy to Ferrari, but with one less supersoft in favour of an additional set of the soft compound.
However Williams’ Sergey Sirotkin has by far the most aggressive strategy with a ten sets of the supersoft, leaving just one set of softs and two of the medium tyre. The race will be one of three to feature a lower tread depth of 0.4mm after Pirelli highlighted concerns of overheating due to the newly resurfaced circuit. Along with the French GP and British GP – all of which have new surfaces this season.