In a bold tyre strategy, American racing team Haas F1 has opted to forgo the red-banded supersoft tyre at the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix. Haas drivers will take on the race without any super-soft Pirelli tyres to maximize its allocation of softs and the new ultrasofts. Haas will take 10 sets of the new purple-banded ultrasoft, along with 3 sets of softs.
Haas F1 has decided to use just two of their three compounds available. The selections have been made seven weeks in advance giving Pirelli enough time to prepare the number of allocations required. Unfortunately, the move doesn’t look to be a gamble after Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton called the new ultra-soft tyres ‘the super-soft painted purple’ in the recent Monaco Grand Prix.
Haas isn’t the only team in Formula 1 that has taken such a strategy. Leading F1 teams Mercedes AMG, Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull Racing are also doing similar tyre strategies, with both Mercedes and Red Bull having picked the fewest set of supersofts with two per driver with the majority of the other F1 teams choosing variations of similar allocations.
Ferrari will have seven while Renault duo Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer have both gone conservative in their tyre strategies, picking only eight ultrasofts and five softs.
Force India, a team known for its uncanny tyre strategy, has taken a mix of 6 ultrasofts, 3 supersofts and 4 softs. On the other hand, Williams F1 duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas are the F1 drivers to have chosen different strategies, both taking 7 sets of ultrasofts but fewer number of supersofts.
Swiss-based Sauber has selected five sets of supersofts, along with six ultrasofts and just two softs – per driver for the upcoming Montreal Grand Prix.
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