Pirelli Motorsport has revealed the compounds of the various drivers and teams for F1 Canadian GP on June 7-9 as Top 3 teams spread out in strategy.
As revealed earlier, Pirelli is bringing the C3 (hard), C4 (medium) and C5 (soft) – the three softest compounds available for the F1 Canadian GP at Montreal. Unlike Monaco where teams opted for the soft compound mostly, it is spread out in Canada.
None of the Top 3 teams will have the maximum number of the soft compound which sits at nine as chosen by McLaren, Racing Point and Alfa Romeo Racing drivers. Reigning champions and 2019 leaders, Mercedes has gone for eight sets of the soft compound.
It is same for Renault, Haas, Toro Rosso and Williams’ Robert Kubica. The two Mercedes drivers though have a split strategy with Lewis Hamilton opting for four sets of medium compound and one of hard like Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean in the pack.
At the same time, Valtteri Bottas has three sets of medium and two of hard as Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen and Kubica. The least number of the soft compound at seven has been chosen by Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Williams’ George Russell.
Interestingly, both the Ferrari drivers will have the maximum medium compound with five at their disposal and just the one of hard. At the same time, Red Bull drivers have gone for four sets of medium and two of the hard compound.
Russell, meanwhile, will have three each of medium and hard. Going back to the teams with nine sets of soft, McLaren, Racing Point and Antonio Giovinazzi have gone for two each of medium and hard compound for the Canadian GP.
Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo teammate Kimi Raikkonen has opted for three sets of medium compound and one of hard. As the rule states, the teams get 13 set of tyres for the whole Canadian 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.