Mercedes, Ferrari opt for different tyre approaches for Bahrain

Pirelli has revealed the Formula 1 teams' tyres choices for the the Bahrain Grand Prix, the second round of the 2016 season.

Unlike in Australia, Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have chosen the same tyres, picking one set of mediums, and six sets of softs and supersofts.

Rival Ferrari, however, has opted for a different strategy, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen opting to take three sets of mediums and four of softs.

They, likewise, have chosen six sets of supersofts.

Ferrari's move comes after Rosberg and Hamilton finished 1-2 in the Australian Grand Prix, having decided to use the medium tyres for a longer final stint.

Vettel's team decided to stick with supersofts, a decision the German later regretted.

Hamilton won last year's Bahrain race with a two-stop strategy, using soft-soft-medium. 

Raikkonen finished second using soft-medium-soft.

The Williams team has chosen the same amount of medium sets as Ferrari, but three sets of softs and seven of supersofts.

The only teammates to have chosen different compounds are Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr (Sauber) and Haas duo Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez. 

Selected Pirelli sets per driver for Bahrain GP
Selected Pirelli sets per driver for Bahrain GP

Photo by: Pirelli


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Series Formula 1
Event Bahrain GP
Track Bahrain International Circuit
Article type Breaking news