Mercedes and Red Bull will be leaning heavily on Pirelli’s ultra-soft tire when it makes its Formula 1 grand prix debut in Monaco later this month.
The new-for-2016 rubber is the softest in Pirelli’s range, and ideally suited to a street circuit such as Monaco, with the tire to also be used for the following race in Canada. For Monaco, Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – who has won the last three races in Monaco – have each opted for 10 sets of ultra-softs, with just two super-softs and one soft.
Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, now the youngest winner of a race in F1 history following his triumph in Spain on Sunday, have also chosen the same configuration, along with Renault’s Kevin Magnussen.
Magnussen’s teammate Jolyon Palmer has opted for one additional set of super-softs and will have three at his disposal, along with nine ultra-softs and one soft.
There are considerable discrepancies in choices throughout the field, with Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen going for nine sets of ultra-soft, and two apiece of super-softs and softs.
Williams, Force India, Toro Rosso and McLaren will be using seven sets of ultra-softs, with various configurations between them of super-softs and softs.
At the other end of the scale to Mercedes and Red Bull is Manor, as Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto have only six sets of ultra-softs, along with five super-soft and two soft.