I’m not usually the biggest fan of info graphics, but Pirelli has delivered a key one on Tuesday to illuminate viewers, onlookers and serious observers alike on which drivers have which amounts of Pirelli’s three sets of tires at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
The numbers are fairly similar across the board, with most drivers having either six or seven sets of Pirelli’s supersoft compound, and all but two having just one or two sets of Pirelli’s medium tire. Pirelli brings its P Zero supersoft (red), soft (yellow) and medium (white) compounds to Melbourne.
The differences lie between teammates. For example, Lewis Hamilton has one elected one more set of softs compared to Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg (six to five), same for Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson to Felipe Nasr (six to five) and Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean to Esteban Gutierrez (five to four).
The balance then comes for the medium compound; Rosberg has two sets of mediums to Hamilton’s one, with the same being true for Nasr and Gutierrez.
Pirelli’s full allocation per driver is broken down in this info graphic:
And, for a less-than-two-minute video about how Pirelli’s tire regulations work, we refer you to this clip from the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, as Will Buxton speaks to Pirelli’s Anthony Peacock about the tire regs.