Official Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli have announced the compound choices selected by the F1 teams for the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place next weekend at the Hungaroring track, situated just 20 kilometres north of Budapest.
Pirelli will bring the Supersoft (red), Soft (yellow) and Medium (white) compounds to the Hungaroring and, as per usual, drivers have been given free choice for ten of their 13 allocated sets of tyres. Not surprising at all the fact that Formula 1 teams have overwhelmingly favoured the Super Soft compound for next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, as the Medium tyre was rejected and most likely it will not be used during the race on Sunday. On Wednesday morning, those choices were communicated, and both Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, as well as both Mercedes drivers and Daniel Ricciardo are taking nine sets of the red-banded rubber, as are the Toro Rossos and Saubers.
The other Red Bull Racing driver, Max Verstappen, along with the Force India, Williams, McLaren and Renault duos are all taking ten sets of the supersofts, while the Haas pair take just 8. With each driver opting for just one set of the medium rubber, the spread, in terms of the soft, is similar to that of the supers.
2016 saw race-winner Lewis Hamilton use a two-stop strategy, starting on the supersofts and then two further stints on soft. The highest placed driver using an alternative strategy was Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen, who finished in sixth place and decided to started on softs having failed to make it to Q3, and then had two stints on the supersoft compound.
As usual, one set of the softest compound (supersofts) must be put aside for use only in Q3, while either the Softs or Mediums must be run for at least one stint of the 70-lap Hungarian Grand Prix.