Heading into the 2016 Formula 1 season, there were a couple of things I was very concerned about. First, the new qualifying format (which seems to have been a legit concern and remedied).
The second was the new tire regulations with three compounds on offer and split strategy options per driver. I was worried that we may not be able to follow the logistics and details from our vantage point on the sofa. How would be able to follow 22 cars and the number of compounds available and what condition those compounds are in?
As we mentioned in our Australian GP review podcast, I think the new tire regulations started off with a good result and it has added an element of tactical challenge for the teams. What I am not completely sold on yet is the ability for F1 or local broadcasts to accurately convey the logistical burden of tracking 22 cars and 13 sets each.
It used to be relatively easy with the conventional allotment at 7 sets of Primes and 6 sets of Options however this has changed with the advent of a third compound choice. Hopefully we’ll start to see simple graphics that FOM could produce for the world feed that would make this slightly more digestible because some of the sets are scrubs and others new. It’s a big ask but it does bring us closer to the strategies at play.
Regardless, here is what Pirelli have released for the next race in Bahrain and here is tire selections for each team:
|Driver||Medium tyres||Soft tyres||Supersoft tyres|
|Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton||1||6||6|
|Mercedes: Nico Rosberg||1||6||6|
|Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel||3||4||6|
|Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen||3||4||6|
|Williams: Felipe Massa||3||3||7|
|Williams: Valtteri Bottas||3||3||7|
|Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo||2||5||6|
|Red Bull: Daniil Kvyat||2||5||6|
|Force India: Sergio Perez||2||5||6|
|Force India: Nico Hulkenberg||2||5||6|
|Renault: Kevin Magnussen||1||5||7|
|Renault: Jolyon Palmer||1||5||7|
|Toro Rosso: Max Verstappen||1||7||5|
|Toro Rosso: Carlos Sainz||2||6||5|
|McLaren: Fernando Alonso||3||4||6|
|McLaren: Jenson Button||3||4||6|
|Sauber: Marcus Ericsson||3||5||5|
|Sauber: Felipe Nasr||4||4||5|
|Manor: Pascal Wehrlein||4||5||4|
|Manor: Rio Haryanto||4||5||4|
|Haas: Romain Grosjean||2||4||7|
|Haas: Esteban Gutierrez||1||5||7|