Ferrari show aggressiveness with Red Bull Ring tyre choices


Sebastian Vettel - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

The Ultrasoft compound once again is the compound in favour as the teams head to this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

It will be the first time that Pirelli brings its softest compound to a circuit that isn’t a street track, having previously run the compound at both Monaco and Montreal earlier this season.

The Scuderia Ferrari and Renault Sport F1 teams have been the most aggressive with their tyre choices, with Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer all having chosen to bring nine sets of the softest tyre to the Red Bull Ring.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg and his Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton have eight sets of the Ultrasoft available, as do the Manor Racing duo Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto, who at last are beginning to run more aggressive tyre strategies after conservative tyre choices earlier in the season.

All other drivers will have seven sets available, apart from the Haas F1 Team pairing of Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez, who will only have six, with Grosjean picking the most Supersoft tyre sets than anyone else with five along with Valtteri Bottas.

Seven drivers have decided to only bring one set of the hardest compound available to them, which this weekend is the Soft compound, with Rosberg, both Ferrari and Manor drivers, Palmer and Bottas all choosing that option.

Austrian GP Tyre Choices - Credit: Pirelli & C. S.p.A
Austrian GP Tyre Choices – Credit: Pirelli & C. S.p.A