Ferrari, Mercedes differ in tyre selections for US Grand Prix

The Formula One season is drawing ever close to completion, with Lewis Hamilton etching a 59-point lead over Sebastian Vettel in the space of just a few races.



Now, with only four more Grand Prix events left in 2017, Formula 1 world championship rivals Mercedes and Ferrari have opted for marginally different choices for the United States GP.

Tyre suppliers Pirelli has made the soft, super-soft and ultra-soft tyres available for the Austin race, which is one step softer than last year.

Both Mercedes and Ferrari have chosen seven sets of the ultra-soft tyre for each of their drivers, but Ferrari has gone for more of the super-softs.

Their two drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, will be seen with five and four sets of the red-walled rubber respectively, while Lewis Hamilton has three and Valtteri Bottas four.

What that means is that Raikkonen will have just one set of softs, while Vettel and Bottas have two sets and championship leader Hamilton three.

Meanwhile, Red Bull has gone in for a similar selection to that of Vettel and Bottas, as both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen’s will enter the event with two sets of softs, four super-softs and seven ultra-softs.




McLaren and Williams have opted for the most sets of ultra-softs with Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne, Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll having nine apiece.

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