Pirelli Motorsport has revealed the tyre choice of teams and drivers for F1 Belgium GP (August 30 – September 1) at Spa-Francorchamps as Mercedes go conservative in soft choice.
As known, Pirelli is bringing C1 (hard), C2 (medium) and C3 (soft) for the F1 Belgium GP at Spa-Francorchamps for after the summer break as Mercedes is conservative in their soft tyre choice than majority.
Mercedes has opted for eight sets of the soft compound, which is the least among all except for McLaren’s Lando Norris, who has the same choice. All the three drivers have four sets of medium and one of hard compound.
The German outfit’s immediate rivals Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have 10 sets of soft tyres – the maximum – in a totally different strategy, which is same for the Renault and Haas drivers.
Amazingly, all of the eight drivers have same tyre choice for the other sets as well with two of medium and one of hard compound. The remaining teams including McLaren’s Carlos Sainz have nine sets of soft tyres.
The drivers of Alfa Romeo Racing, Racing Point and Toro Rosso have all gone for three sets of medium and one of hard as their other choice, which is same for Sainz and Williams’ Robert Kubica.
Only Williams’ George Russell differs here with two sets of medium and hard each at his disposal for Belgium GP. As the rule states, the teams get 13 set of tyres for the whole Belgium GP weekend, with one set of the softest compound to be kept by the Top 10 F1 drivers to use in Q3.
After the completion of qualifying, the Top 10 drivers will have to return that set, while the other drivers can keep it for the race. For the races, each driver has to keep one set each of the two harder compounds available for the weekend, while the rest 10 sets they are free to choose from the three available compounds for the particular driver.