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Supersofts the top tyre choice for Baku

06 Jun 2016

Pirelli have revealed the tyre compound allocations chosen by teams for the forthcoming 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe at the all new Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan.

The three compounds available are the white-marked medium, the yellow-marked soft, and the red-marked supersoft.

With the new track a largely unknown quantity to the teams, it is perhaps not surprising that there is very little variation in their chosen strategies, with the supersoft the preferred option.

At world champions Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton’s and Nico Rosberg’s 13-set allocations includes eight sets of supersofts, with the former adding four sets of softs and one of the medium, the latter three of the softs and two of the mediums.

Both Red Bull drivers have also gone for eight sets of supersofts, while Ferrari have been slightly more conservative with seven for both their cars.

The Baku tyre selections in full:

Under the 2016 regulations, Pirelli make three of their five dry-weather tyre compounds available at each event.

The Italian company allocates two sets of tyres for the race (only one of which must be used) and one set which can only be used in Q3 (the softest of the chosen three compounds). Each driver is then able to choose 10 further sets of tyres from the three compounds to take their weekend allocation to 13.

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