Monaco tire selection: Merc lean on Ultrasoft

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Monaco is the crown jewel of the Formula 1 calendar and as such, it’s a nice race to win…especially three times in a row like Nico Rosberg. A notoriously difficult place to pass, Monaco can be a strategy gem as undercutting during pit stops is one of the few ways to pass. Changing strategy is a key.

If Lewis Hamilton has an eye to win in Monaco, and he always does, then his tire strategy won’t be different than his teammate, Rosberg, as the team have loaded up with 10 sets each of the new, un-raced Ultrasoft tire compounds.

Mercedes isn’t alone in their reliance on the Ultrasoft as Red Bull have also chosen 10 sets as well. Renault’s Kevin Magnussen will also contest Monaco with 10 sets of Ultrasoft tires as well.

Driver Soft tyres Supersoft tyres Ultrasoft tyres
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton 1 2 10
Mercedes: Nico Rosberg 1 2 10
Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel 2 2 9
Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen 2 2 9
Williams: Felipe Massa 2 4 7
Williams: Valtteri Bottas 2 4 7
Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo 1 2 10
Red Bull: Max Verstappen 1 2 10
Force India: Sergio Perez 3 3 7
Force India: Nico Hulkenberg 3 3 7
Renault: Kevin Magnussen 1 2 10
Renault: Jolyon Palmer 1 3 9
Toro Rosso: Daniil Kvyat 3 3 7
Toro Rosso: Carlos Sainz 3 3 7
McLaren: Fernando Alonso 1 5 7
McLaren: Jenson Button 1 5 7
Sauber: Marcus Ericsson 1 4 8
Sauber: Felipe Nasr 1 4 8
Manor: Pascal Wehrlein 2 5 6
Manor: Rio Haryanto 2 5 6
Haas: Romain Grosjean 1 3 9
Haas: Esteban Gutierrez 1 3 9

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Is rain expected?

MIE
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I struggle to see how a two stop could be made to work at Monaco, unless you are at the front and substantially faster than everyone else. If the Mercedes are running 1-2 (realistically everyone will qualify on ultra soft), then if the lead driver stops for super soft, the person in second only has to keep within twenty seconds on soft tyres to win the race. Unless the super soft can last the remaining race distance. For those starting on the sixth row though, it could be interesting, if they can start on the soft and keep up with… Read more »

MIE
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I presume that Verstappen and Kvyat have to take each other’s choices again (it would be odd if they had coincidentally chosen the same as their new team mates before they knew they were switching).

It does make me wonder just how much the drivers are being allowed to chose, and how much is the team?

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Youngest tires ever.