Just a few days after the Australian Grand Prix, it’s time to shift the focus on the second round of the 2018 season, as Formula One official tyre supplier Pirelli has now confirmed the compound choices made by each driver for next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Pirelli has nominated the Supersoft, Soft and Medium tyres in order to meet the demands posed by the Sakhir Circuit.
As per usual, drivers have 13 sets of tyres available for the event, and they are permitted free choice of the three allocated compounds for 10 of those sets. Scuderia Ferrari has made a balanced approach to the next race, with both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen deciding on four softs, two mediums and seven supersofts. Heading to the heat of Bahrain, Pirelli’s supersofts are the tyre of choice for most of the teams. Mercedes and Red Bull have adopted similar approaches, choosing seven sets of Supersofts, four Softs and two Mediums.
The only variation among the big teams is from Valtteri Bottas, who will have an extra set of Softs available to the detriment of his Medium allocation. McLaren has taken the most aggressive stance, selecting nine sets of the red-banded rubber for both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.
Formula 1’s favourite night race is back and Bahrain International Circuit is happy to host another brilliant spectacle under the desert stars. The Sakhir event will mark the second of 21 rounds on the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship and the motorsport’s elite will be lining up on the grid for another epic 57-lap battle.