Find out more about our subscriptions
You are on the classic version of Autosport. Visit to see our new site.

F1 teams load up on Ultrasoft tyres for Austrian Grand Prix


Pirelli's ultrasoft tyre dominates the 10 Formula 1 teams' choices for the Austrian Grand Prix, with Ferrari slightly more aggressive than Mercedes and Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will take nine sets of the softest-compound Pirellis to the Red Bull Ring, one more than the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas has the most supersofts of the leaders with four sets, compared to three for team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel only has two sets of the supersofts which leaves him with two sets of softs, one more than Bottas and Raikkonen and the same as Hamilton and the two Red Bulls.

While Ferrari's ultrasoft allocation is marginally greater than its immediate rivals, it is not the most aggressive choice.

Williams and Renault have loaded up on the purple-walled Pirellis, taking 10 sets for each driver.

That has left Lance Stroll (Williams) and Carlos Sainz Jr (Renault) with one set of supersofts and two sets of softs respectively, with their team-mates Sergey Sirotkin and Nico Hulkenberg taking the opposite approach.

The only other driver taking just one set of supersofts is Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc, who has three sets of softs and nine ultrasofts.

Romain Grosjean has the biggest supersoft allocation with five sets, leaving him with one set of softs and just seven sets of ultrasofts - the joint-lowest number alongside Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

Austrian Grand Prix tyre choices

Lewis HamiltonMercedes238
Valtteri BottasMercedes148
Sebastian VettelFerrari229
Kimi RaikkonenFerrari139
Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing238
Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing238
Sergio PerezForce India229
Esteban OconForce India229
Lance StrollWilliams2110
Sergey SirotkinWilliams1210
Nico HulkenbergRenault1210
Carlos Sainz JrRenault2110
Pierre GaslyToro Rosso148
Brendon HartleyToro Rosso148
Romain GrosjeanHaas157
Kevin MagnussenHaas247
Fernando AlonsoMcLaren328
Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren328
Marcus EricssonSauber229
Charles LeclercSauber319

  More news  
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed