Driver tyre choices for China race

Updated: 2016-04-16

Pirelli have revealed the tires that each driver has selected for the third race of the season in China on April 17.

Once again Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and his world championship-leading team mate Nico Rosberg have picked different allocations, with the former plumping for an extra set of mediums and the latter an extra set of softs.

Four other teams have differing strategies amongst their drivers: Williams, Renault, Toro Rosso and Haas.

Ferrari have an extra set of supersofts available to them compared to chief rivals Mercedes, but not as many as Williams, McLaren and Haas, who have all opted for seven sets of the red-marked tyre compound.

The individual driver choices are shown below:



Under the 2016 regulations, Pirelli make three of their five dry-weather tyre compounds available at each event.

The Italian company allocates two sets of tyres for the race (only one of which must be used) and one set which can only be used in Q3 (the softest of the chosen three compounds).  Each driver is then able to choose 10 further sets of tyres from the three compounds - which for China are supersoft, soft and medium - to take their weekend allocation to 13.

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