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Mercedes and Ferrari make same tyre selections for Bahrain

2019 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Pirelli has confirmed the teams’ tyre selection for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Every team bar Williams has selected at least nine sets of the soft tyres for the second round of the 2019 F1 season. Renault and Toro Rosso have made the most aggressive selection, picking 10 sets of the soft tyres.

Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen have all chosen the same selection: nine sets of softs, three mediums and one hard.

The Williams drivers will only have eight sets of the soft tyres. Robert Kubica has four sets of mediums, the most of any driver.

Pirelli has selected its hardest available compounds for this race. The hard compound will be C1, the medium compound C2 and the soft compound C3.

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2019 Bahrain Grand Prix drivers’ tyre selections

Driver Team Hard (C1) Medium (C2) Soft (C3)
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1 3 9
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1 3 9
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1 3 9
Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1 3 9
Max Verstappen Red Bull 1 3 9
Pierre Gasly Red Bull 2 3 8
Daniel Riccairdo Renault 2 1 10
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 2 10
Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 3 9
Romain Grosjean Haas 2 2 9
Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren 2 3 8
Lando Norris McLaren 2 3 8
Sergio Perez Racing Point 1 3 9
Lance Stroll Racing Point 1 3 9
Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1 3 9
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1 3 9
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1 2 10
Alexander Albon Toro Rosso 1 2 10
George Russell Williams 2 3 8
Robert Kubica Williams 1 4 8

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22 comments on “Mercedes and Ferrari make same tyre selections for Bahrain”

  1. Ricciardo only has 1 set of mediums?

    1. @hugh11
      I believe Nico will have one too come race day. Perhaps they are looking for a 2 stopper like last year —> Soft–medium–Soft. Or in case of an early pit-stop due to an a safety car, soft–hard–soft.

  2. Was there not supposed some graphic during the race showing tyre wear? Did not see it on the sky feed.

  3. I already do not care about the C1-C5 compounds. Soft-medium-hard info is just enough for me.

    1. @f1mre sure. but completely goes against the point of these articles.

    2. Well it says Hard (C1) – Medium (C2) – Soft (C3) so that it caters to everyone. If you just want to know Hard, Medium, and Soft, then that info is easily available to you.

      1. I mean in race weekends. My comment was not aimed at the contents of the article but the decision to stop using 6 colours for 6 different compounds.

  4. Why bring the hardest compunds? Is Bahrain classically harsh on tyre wear?
    Pretty sure we’ll hear those familiar comments over the weekend: ‘I think Pirelli have gone too safe on the tyre choice this weekend…’

    1. I always think Pirelli don’t know crap about tires, if people don’t like 1 stop… And you know certain circuit degrade tires faster why not put softer compounds and let the teams go crazy with pitstops 😐..

      1. Because they tried that last year @j3d89, and the answer is: as long as overtaking is as hard as it has been with these 2017+ cars, there’s no use, you lose too much with a pitstop (between 18-28 seconds, while the cars are now, again, faster than they were), end up stuck behind (slower) cars that make your ‘aggressive’ strategy turn into ‘misguided’, so teams just run slower to make the tyres last to the 1 pitstop, and/or the end of the race – that’s why we now have harder compounds again in the hope that at least they can run them somewhat near to as fast as they allow (apart from PU/fuel saving).

    2. @sato113
      The surface is very abrasive here. Plus Pirelli got rid of the supersoft-compound, which has been used here since 2016.
      If they had brought the C4-compound, which is pretty much the ultrasoft from last year, it would last less than 10 laps (if at all) and we would here a lot of radio messages about tyre-saving.
      They didn’t really have a choice here.

  5. I just wanna know ,how can mclaren officials sleep at night knowing that this is the fourth year running that this team is fighting for the midfield places??? How can they friggin sleep at night!!!!! How can they ??? How can they accept this fact can someone answer me please???this is legendary team, wake upp!!!!

    1. Imagine how the Williams officials are sleeping at night.

    2. I’m sure they sleep very comfortably. It is just game, why you heff to be mad?

    3. It’s fifth.

  6. I hate the new naming. The yellow tire was always called Soft. Hearing calling it medium now it’s confusing. I keep expecting to see the white tires when they say a driver is on the mediums.
    They should’ve kept the Soft yellow, White for medium and Red for Hard.

    1. It’s been literally one race so far, give it some time.

  7. Toro rosso has gone too aggressive with C3 tyres.

    1. @Chaitanya: STRH was extremely strong at Bahrain last year. Remember Pierre finished fourth and his lap times were also impressive.

      1. Last year both RBR cars were out of GP so STRH got really lucky and managed to get 4th place. Unless we have similar series of events, I dont think STRH will finish higher than 6th.

        1. Chaitanya, there was also Kimi’s pit lane accident that lead to him failing to finish, so he had half of the cars that would normally have been expected to finish in front of him retire from the race.

          In that respect, Gasly’s 4th place is perhaps a touch misleading – he was the quickest of the midfield pack, true, but if Kimi, Verstappen and Ricciardo had finished, it’s more likely that Gasly would have finished in just 7th place. Even if it would have meant that Gasly was the strongest midfield runner, would we have been quite as complimentary about Toro Rosso and Gasly if he’d finished in 7th place instead?

  8. I like the C thing. What I don’t like is how conservative the available C step on a race. After first race and two weeks testing, Liberty should already tried something like C1-C4-C5 or C1-C2-C5.

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