Mercedes goes aggressive with Mexico tyre selection

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Mercedes goes aggressive with Mexico tyre selection
Pablo Elizalde
By: Pablo Elizalde
Oct 17, 2017, 9:20 AM

Mercedes has opted for a more aggressive approach than its main Formula 1 rivals with its tyre selection for upcoming Mexican Grand Prix.

The German squad has chosen nine sets of the softest tyre compound - the ultrasoft - for next week's event at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which will host the 18th round of the championship after this weekend's US Grand Prix.

In contrast to Mercedes, Red Bull has opted to take just six set of ultrasofts. Ferrari will have seven sets at its disposal.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will have three sets of supersofts available to him, while rival Sebastian Vettel will have five sets of the red-marked rubber. Both men have opted for just one set of softs.

The Williams, McLaren, Renault and Toro Rosso teams, along with Force India's Esteban Ocon, have maxed out on ultrasofts, with 10 sets each.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen is the only driver to have opted for three sets of softs for the Mexican event.

Pirelli has listed Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso for Mexico, although the team has yet to confirm its line-up after Brendon Hartley makes its grand prix debut with the Italian squad in Austin.

Selected sets per drivers
Selected sets per drivers

Photo by: Pirelli

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