Pirelli Releases Tire Selections for United States
Formula One and Pirelli have released the tire choices made by teams for the United States Grand Prix on October 22.
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 the past couple of weekends, the same philosophy was not used this time with strategies varying across the board.
The majority of the field will have two sets (14 out of 20) of the hardest compound available – with points leader Lewis Hamilton being one of the two drivers to elect for three.
When it comes to the softest compound, the strategy is split with half of the teams choosing seven sets, including both Hamilton and current runner-up Sebastian Vettel.
A complete breakdown of the choices can be viewed below.
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