Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has revealed the compound choices made by drivers for next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, with the Ultrasoft tyre favoured. Pirelli has nominated the Ultrasoft, Supersoft and Soft compounds for the event at the Red Bull Ring, with drivers permitted free choice of compound for 10 of their allocated 13 sets.
The purple-banded Ultrasoft compound has been preferred, with Mercedes drivers selecting eight sets of the tyres, while the two Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, decided for seven sets. Force India and McLaren have adopted the most aggressive approach, opting for 10 sets of the Ultrasoft compound. One set of the Ultrasoft tyres must be set aside for use only in Q3, while the Supersofts or Softs must be run for one stint of the 71-lap race.
Last year’s race, which saw the same three compounds used for the Grand Prix, saw Lewis Hamilton win using a two-stop strategy that involved starting on the ultrasofts, then switching to a new set of soft and finally a used set of softs. The other podium finishers, Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, both used a one-stop strategy, two of only four drivers to do so.