Date: 23rd August 2016 at 6:47am
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The Formula One teams and drivers have made their tyre selections for the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

The new three compound tyre regulations from Formula One and Pirelli have worked brilliantly this season.

The drivers and teams have to secretly make their selections weeks in advance and are then locked in with their selections, this has made for some interesting tyre strategies highlighted most recently at the Austrian Grand Prix.

In recent races selections have been fairly similar across the board, but in Belgium there are some quite dramatic differences in selections.

None more so then the direct comparison between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull Racing, the top three constructors this season.

2016 Formula One World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has selected three sets of the white medium tyre, six sets of the yellow soft tyre and four sets of the red super-soft tyre.

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg has gone for one extra set of medium compound tyres, one less set of softs and sticking with four sets of super-soft.

At Ferrari both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have just one set of medium tyres, five sets of softs and seven sets of super-softs.

Strategy in both qualifying and the race is going to be very different for both Mercedes and Ferrari.

At Red Bull Racing, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen have both gone for the same selections and their strategy is somewhere in between Mercedes and Ferrari’s.

They have four sets of the medium tyre, similar to Mercedes, but only 3 sets of the soft compound, giving them 6 sets of super-soft.

Looking further down the grid and both Williams and Renault have opted for 3 sets of medium, 3 sets of soft and 7 sets of super-soft.

Force India and McLaren a slight change with 3 sets of medium, 4 sets of soft and 6 sets of super-soft.

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