Pirelli Releases Tire Selections for Malaysia
Formula One and Pirelli have released the tire choices made by teams for the Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix on September 17.
This year marks the second straight season that Pirelli has offered three compounds for each event. As the same with 2016, teams are required to use two of the three compounds during the event, with a total allotment of 13 sets over the weekend.
The choices must be submitted 14 weeks in advance for long-haul events, and eight weeks in advance of European races. The deadline for decisions was implemented to reduce transport costs. If a team does not give their choices to the FIA before the deadline, the FIA will choose which tires the team can use.
Just like last weekend in Singapore, the same philosophy was not used this time around with strategies varying across the board.
The majority of the field will have just one set of the hardest compound available – with only Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, and Marcus Ericsson electing for two sets.
When it comes to the softest compound, the strategy is split with six of 20 teams choosing seven sets, including driver’s championship points leader Lewis Hamilton. Current runner-up Sebastian Vettel is among the five drivers going with nine sets.
A complete breakdown of the choices can be viewed below.
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