Kvyat, Verstappen to use each other’s tyre choices in Spain

Following their team swap ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, Pirelli have announced that both Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen will have to race with the tyres the other driver chose this weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Pirelli have stated that tyres are car specific, not driver specific, meaning Verstappen will have to run with the tyres initially designated for Kvyat, and vice-versa.

This means Verstappen will have to contend with two sets of Pirelli’s Hard compound, four Medium sets and seven Soft sets, while Kvyat will have one set of Hard tyres, six sets of Medium and six sets of soft tyres.

The drivers had chosen their tyre choices weeks before the decision to move Verstappen to Red Bull Racing in place of Kvyat, who moved back to Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Verstappen will have the same tyre choices as new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, but Kvyat’s tyres differ from those chosen by his new team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr, who has two sets of Hard tyres, five sets of Medium tyres and six sets of Soft tyres at his disposal.

Updated Tyre Choices for Spanish Grand Prix

Credit: 2016 Pirelli & C. S.p.A
Credit: 2016 Pirelli & C. S.p.A