Bahrain GP: Mercedes and Ferrari take different routes on tyres
Scuderia opt for three sets of hardest compound compared to just one from Silver Arrows; Race live on Sky F1 next Sunday at 4pm
By William Esler
Last Updated: 29/03/16 1:17pm
Ferrari and Mercedes have gone in very different directions with their tyre selections for the Bahrain GP.
The Silver Arrows drivers have opted for just one set of the medium compound tyres, compared to the two Scuderia drivers who have both selected three sets of the hardest compound available. Mercedes' one set of mediums is mandatory.
The choices were made 13 weeks ago, so Mercedes race-winning decision to use the medium tyres during the Australian GP will not have impacted on Ferrari's decision.
This strategy means the Silver Arrows will have six sets of the soft tyres available for the race weekend compared to the Scuderia's four.
Bahrain GP tyre selections
|Driver||Medium tyres||Soft tyres||Supersoft tyres|
|Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton||1||6||6|
|Mercedes: Nico Rosberg||1||6||6|
|Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel||3||4||6|
|Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen||3||4||6|
|Williams: Felipe Massa||3||3||7|
|Williams: Valtteri Bottas||3||3||7|
|Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo||2||5||6|
|Red Bull: Daniil Kvyat||2||5||6|
|Force India: Sergio Perez||2||5||6|
|Force India: Nico Hulkenberg||2||5||6|
|Renault: Kevin Magnussen||1||5||7|
|Renault: Jolyon Palmer||1||5||7|
|Toro Rosso: Max Verstappen||1||7||5|
|Toro Rosso: Carlos Sainz||2||6||5|
|McLaren: Fernando Alonso||3||4||6|
|McLaren: Jenson Button||3||4||6|
|Sauber: Marcus Ericsson||3||5||5|
|Sauber: Felipe Nasr||4||4||5|
|Manor: Pascal Wehrlein||4||5||4|
|Manor: Rio Haryanto||4||5||4|
|Haas: Romain Grosjean||2||4||7|
|Haas: Esteban Gutierrez||1||5||7|
Other standout choices are the seven sets of soft tyres picked by Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen, while both Williams drivers have selected seven sets of the supersoft compound.
New regulations for 2016 see the Italian manufacturer bring three compounds of tyres to each race, with drivers allowed to pick 10 of the 13 sets in their allocation.
This led to a number of different strategies being employed during the season-opening Australian GP.
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