Formula 1

Formula 1 teams’ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre selections announced

Pirelli has released the tyre selections of the Formula 1 teams for the 2018 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the choices dominated by the hypersoft tyre.

Ferrari has gone slightly more conservative than its rivals, opting for three sets of the supersofts – one more than the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers – and has selected two sets of the ultrasofts and eight of the hypersofts.

Mercedes and Red Bull drivers will also take eight sets of the hypersofts, but the two teams has opted for just two sets of the supersofts and three of the ultrasofts.

Renault, which has struggled with tyre wear at times this season – most notably in Austria – has the most conservative selection.

Nico Hulkenberg has five sets of the ultrasofts, more than any other driver, with team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr opting for four.

The pair will have just seven sets of the hypersofts, the least of any team in Abu Dhabi.

Hulkenberg will have only one set of the supersoft tyre, alongside Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly, Kevin Magnussen and Marcus Ericsson.

That means Stroll, Gasly, Magnussen and Ericsson will have 10 sets of the ultrasoft tyre.

Brendon Hartley and Sergey Sirotkin will also have 10 sets of the ultrasofts, but have opted for two supersofts and just one of the ultrasoft.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre choices

Driver Team Supersoft Ultrasoft Hypersoft
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 3 8
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 2 3 8
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 3 2 8
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3 2 8
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 2 3 8
Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 2 3 8
Sergio Perez Force India 2 2 9
Esteban Ocon Force India 2 2 9
Lance Stroll Williams 1 2 10
Sergey Sirotkin Williams 2 1 10
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2 4 7
Carlos Sainz Jr Renault 2 4 7
Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1 2 10
Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 2 1 10
Romain Grosjean Haas 2 3 8
Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 4 8
Fernando Alonso McLaren 2 2 9
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 2 2 9
Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1 4 8
Charles Leclerc Sauber 2 3 8

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