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Ferrari and Mercedes diverge slightly on US tyres

Ferrari and Mercedes diverge slightly on US tyres
By AutoSport

10/10/2017 at 20:58

Formula 1 world championship rivals Mercedes and Ferrari have opted for marginally different choices for the United States Grand Prix.

Pirelli has made the soft, super-soft and ultra-soft tyres available for the Austin race, which is one step softer than last year.

While Mercedes and Ferrari have chosen seven sets of the ultra-soft tyre for each of their drivers, Ferrari has favoured more of the super-softs.

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel have five and four sets of the red-walled rubber respectively, while Lewis Hamilton has three and Valtteri Bottas four.

That leaves Raikkonen with just one set of softs, while Vettel and Bottas have two sets and championship leader Hamilton three.

Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen's selections match that of Vettel and Bottas with two sets of softs, four super-softs and seven ultra-softs.

McLaren and Williams have opted for the most sets of ultra-softs with Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne, Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll having nine apiece.

United States Grand Prix tyre choices