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Red Bull and McLaren go aggressive with Belgian GP F1 tyre choices – F1

The Red Bull and McLaren Formula 1 teams have gone very aggressive with their tyre choices for the Belgian Grand Prix, heavily favouring the ultra-soft tyre.

Despite the cornering demands of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Pirelli has elected to take its three softest compounds to this month’s race as it feels this will prompt the most exciting racing.

Red Bull and McLaren who have picked the highest number of ultra-softs, choosing nine sets each for their drivers.

This is in contrast to more conservative choices elsewhere – with Mercedes choosing six ultra-softs for its drivers, while Ferrari is taking seven sets.

Red Bull’s split means that Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will only have one set of the soft tyres for the weekend.

Belgian Grand Prix tyre choices

Driver Team Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 4 3 6
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 3 4 6
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1 3 9
Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 3 9
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 3 3 7
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3 3 7
Sergio Perez Force India 3 4 6
Esteban Ocon Force India 3 4 6
Felipe Massa Williams 1 5 7
Lance Stroll Williams 1 5 7
Fernando Alonso McLaren 2 2 9
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1 3 9
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 2 3 8
Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 2 3 8
Romain Grosjean Haas 3 4 6
Kevin Magnussen Haas 4 3 6
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2 3 8
Jolyon Palmer Renault 2 3 8
Marcus Ericsson Sauber 2 4 7
Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 3 3 7

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