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Hamilton and Rosberg Target Australia With Different Tire Strategies

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Mercedes teammates, but friendly rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have chosen different tire strategies to attempt to win the opening round of the World Championship in Adelaide, Australia.

In the new-for-2016 rules in Formula One there are three sets of dry tires to choose from, in contrast to IndyCar’s two and NASCAR’s only one.  In order of their grip level they are medium (with white sidewalls), soft (yellow) and supersoft (red).

In the highly competitive world of F1, drivers get their choice on how they plan to use their Pirelli-shod cars.

Mercedes is one of only three teams where drivers will take different approaches. The startup, American-owned HaasF1, and Manor are the other two.

The Italian manufacturer provides a total of 13 sets of rubber for each race weekend.

The individual driver choices are shown below:

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In a career spanning over thirty years, Lewis Franck, a former New York attorney, has covered motorsports first as a photographer working for magazines such as Sport Magazine and magazines in Europe. Subsequently switching to writing Franck had a monthly column in Inside Sports, and later worked regularly for Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine. He's been a weekly columnist for Sports Illustrated's website and blogs and moderated chats at ESPN.com. Currently, he's a motorsports contributor at Reuters and Autoweek. And now a guest host on SiriusXM/NASCAR and guest PRN's Pit Reporters. An award-winning journalist; he’s written thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites around the world. He’s also currently a US-based motorsports writer for Reuters newswire. In addition to published work, he’s been the color commentator, in Australia, for the local television broadcast of the Surfers Paradise Indy car race. Franck has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, television panel shows and dozens of radio appearances. He’s also a past Eastern Vice President of the American Auto Racing Writer’s and Broadcasters Association. In addition, he handled public relations for the Driver of the Year Award.

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