Formula 1 teams have loaded up on Pirelli’s new-for-2018 pink-banded Hypersoft tyre for next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. The Formula One official tyre supplier introduced two new compounds for the 2018 season to expand its range of dry-weather rubber, adding a Hypersoft tyre and a back-up Superhard tyre to its options. The Hypersoft, which has been run during testing, will make its Grand Prix weekend debut around the streets of the Principality next weekend, and on Tuesday Pirelli confirmed that Formula 1 teams have overwhelmingly selected that tyre to use.
Of the 13 sets of compounds each driver has available for the weekend’s action, all but six drivers will have 10 or 11 sets of the pink-ringed rubber in their collection. The remaining drivers will have nine sets of the compound. The Ultrasoft and Supersoft tyre will also be available – one of which must be run during the course of the 78-lap Grand Prix, should dry conditions prevail.
Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, will have ten sets of Hypersofts available from their weekend allocation of 13, with main title rivals Mercedes having nine sets and Red Bull 11.
Available sets per driver: