Weeks ahead of the upcoming Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, Pirelli has revealed tire choices across all 11 teams. As the season moves to the Middle East, some teams are playing it much safer than others.
This time around, it seems reigning Constructor’s Champion Mercedes AMG Petronas is looking to take a bit of risk when it comes to their tire selection with Pirelli. For reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, the team had decided to surround his car with one set of mediums and six sets each of the soft and supersoft. Meanwhile, the team also decided to adopt the same tire set-up for their other driver and Australian Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg.
On the other hand, Scuderia Ferrari decided to be a bit more conservative for Bahrain. The team chose three sets of mediums, four sets of soft and six sets of supersofts for their drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. Similarly, Williams also decided to take on three sets of the medium tires for each of their drivers, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. However, they decided to maintain three soft tires and seven supersoft tires.
The rest of the teams made sure they have more than one medium tires with the exception of the Renault team and Haas Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez. The Mexican driver who was involved in a crash with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in Australia has the same tire strategy as both Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer of Renault. That means aside from one set of medium tires, they will also have five soft tires and seven supersoft tires.
The Bahrain International Circuit covers a circuit length of 5.412 kilometers and race distance of 308.238 kilometers. Formula 1 drivers will have to complete 57 laps before three of them can make it to the podium. The drivers will begin their first practice here on April 1. Meanwhile, they will take to the circuit for a night race on Sunday, April 3.
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