Ferrari opt for softer tyres than Mercedes for the Chinese GP
Silver Arrows pair split their choices; Haas' Romain Grosjean goes for aggressive strategy with just one set of mediums
By William Esler
Last Updated: 05/04/16 3:51pm
Ferrari and Mercedes have once again gone in different directions on tyres for the Chinese GP, with the Scuderia picking extra supersoft tyres.
The Silver Arrows duo have also picked different tyres with Lewis Hamilton selecting an extra set of mediums to Nico Rosberg who has an extra set of softs.
Hamilton will have four sets of mediums, four softs and five supersofts for the weekend, whereas Rosberg will have three sets of medium, five softs and five supersofts.
The Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will both have three mediums, four softs and six supersofts.
Chinese GP tyre selections
|Driver||Medium tyres||Soft tyres||Supersoft tyres|
|Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton||4||4||5|
|Mercedes: Nico Rosberg||3||5||5|
|Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel||3||4||6|
|Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen||3||4||6|
|Williams: Valtteri Bottas||2||4||7|
|Williams: Felipe Massa||1||5||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||2||5||6|
|Renault: Jolyon Palmer||3||4||6|
|Toro Rosso: Max Verstappen||3||5||5|
|Toro Rosso: Carlos Sainz||2||6||5|
|McLaren: Fernando Alonso||2||4||7|
|McLaren: Jenson Button||2||4||7|
|Sauber: Marcus Ericsson||5||4||4|
|Sauber: Felipe Nasr||5||4||4|
|Manor: Pascal Wehrlein||4||5||4|
|Manor: Rio Haryanto||4||5||4|
|Haas: Romain Grosjean||1||5||7|
|Haas: Esteban Gutierrez||2||4||7|
Elsewhere, Williams' Felipe Massa and Haas' Romain Grosjean have opted for an aggressive strategy with just the one mandatory set of mediums along with five softs and seven supersofts.
Grosjean used the supersoft tyre to great effect during three stints in Bahrain with the Haas VF-16 proving kind on its tyres as he moved up from ninth on the grid to fifth at the flag.