While Pirelli’s hardest compound, the orange sidewall P Zero hard tire, is set to make its season debut at the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks, few teams are stocking up on the hard as the soft and medium tires take preference.
None of the 11 teams and 22 drivers has opted to bring more than two sets of Pirelli’s hard compound. Instead, the balance is between the soft and mediums.
Ferrari and Haas bring the most soft compounds – eight sets apiece for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez.
Haas has split its hard and soft strategy though with Grosjean having two hard and three soft sets for the weekend to Gutierrez’s one hard and four soft sets. Renault and Toro Rosso have also opted for a split two hard/three soft versus one hard/four soft set strategy.
After a one-stop race in Sochi for most of the field, Barcelona should revert back to being at least a two-stopper given its nature as a much more abrasive track for tires.
The full breakdown is below: