Pirelli has announced the tyre choices made by each team for the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix, with Mercedes title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton set to receive the same compound allocations.
As part of new-for-2016 regulations, teams can now pick from three different compounds, with an allocation of 13 sets per driver.
Of those 13 sets, Pirelli will select two sets that have to be allocated for the race (of which a driver must use one set), while a set of the softest available compound may only be used in Q3. Teams are then free to choose the remaining ten sets.
F1’s official tyre supplier has nominated its hard, medium, and soft compound for the race at the Autodromo José Carlos Pace, with all teams favouring the softest, yellow-marked rubber.
One set of softs must be available for use in Q3 should a team reach it, while one set of the hards and one set of the mediums must be retained for the race, although only one of those two race sets has to be used.
Rosberg and Hamilton have opted for one hard, four mediums and eight softs. Meanwhile, the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers will receive one less set of softs with seven apiece.
Williams has gone for the most aggressive strategy, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa set to get nine sets of the softest compound available
Overall, the Brazilian GP tyre selection reveals little variety up and down the field and within the teams. Indeed, only the Ferrari and Haas pairings differ in their allocations.
It is worth noticing that most drivers will only have one set of hards for the entire Interlagos event.
All teams had to make their selections 14 weeks in advance.
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