Mercedes select extra sets of supersofts for the Russian GP
Mercedes and Ferrari once again differ on tyre selections; Red Bull and Haas opt for aggressive supersoft strategy
By William Esler
Last Updated: 27/04/16 2:20pm
Mercedes have opted for softer tyres than Ferrari for the Russian GP, taking two more sets of supersofts compared to their championship rivals.
The Silver Arrows will take eight sets of the red-marked tyres to Sochi for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, compared to six sets that both of the Scuderia drivers will have.
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However, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will have an extra two sets of softs available compared to their Mercedes counterparts.
Both teams will take just the mandatory one set of medium tyres to Sochi.
Russian GP tyre selections
|Driver||Medium tyres||Soft tyres||Supersoft tyres|
|Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton||1||4||8|
|Mercedes: Nico Rosberg||1||4||8|
|Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel||1||6||6|
|Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen||1||6||6|
|Williams: Valtteri Bottas||1||3||9|
|Williams: Felipe Massa||1||3||9|
|Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo||1||2||10|
|Red Bull: Daniil Kvyat||1||2||10|
|Force India: Sergio Perez||1||4||8|
|Force India: Nico Hulkenberg||1||4||8|
|Renault: Kevin Magnussen||1||5||7|
|Renault: Jolyon Palmer||1||5||7|
|Toro Rosso: Max Verstappen||1||4||8|
|Toro Rosso: Carlos Sainz||1||4||8|
|McLaren: Fernando Alonso||1||5||7|
|McLaren: Jenson Button||1||5||7|
|Sauber: Marcus Ericsson||1||5||7|
|Sauber: Felipe Nasr||1||5||7|
|Manor: Pascal Wehrlein||2||5||6|
|Manor: Rio Haryanto||2||5||6|
|Haas: Romain Grosjean||1||2||10|
|Haas: Esteban Gutierrez||1||2||10|
The boldest strategy choices have come from Red Bull and Haas who have picked 10 sets of supersofts for the Russian GP, with just two sets of softs and one set of mediums for their drivers.
The Haas VF-16 proved to be kind on its tyres at the Australian and Bahrain GPs in the hands of Romain Grosjean, although they did struggle with Pirelli's mandatory tyre pressures in China, which many drivers felt were too high.
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Elsewhere, Manor are the only team to take more than the one mandatory set of medium tyres to Sochi, choosing two sets of the white-walled rubber.
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