Date: 7th April 2016 at 11:26am
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One of a few things you will get everyone agreeing with in the paddock in 2016 is the benefit of having three Pirelli compound tyres to choose from.

The addition of an extra compound, along with the process of drivers selecting their tyre choices ahead of each race has provided some interesting tyre strategy scenarios in both Australia and Bahrain.

The impact that the current elimination style qualifying format also has on selections is still up for debate, as is the drivers selections as per formula1.com.

The Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have once again gone for slightly different selections, with Hamilton opting for one extra set of medium compound tyres and Rosberg going for an extra set of softs.

At Ferrari Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have made the same selection, which comparing to Mercedes gives them another set of supersoft tyres.

Williams have gone even more aggressive with both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa having another set more of supersofts than Ferrari.

That selection leaves Massa with just one set of mediums, in comparison to Hamilton’s four sets.

Further down the grid and the difference in strategy continues, Romain Grosjean of Haas like Massa has just one set of mediums, whilst the Sauber pair of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr have five sets of that compound.

 

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