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Red Bull opt for conservative tyre choices for French GP

Ferrari and Mercedes aggressive in compound choices

French Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing have elected for more sets of the harder Pirelli tyres for Formula One’s return to Paul Ricard.

The 2018 French Grand Prix will mark the first time Formula One has raced at the Paul Ricard circuit since 1990, and the first time there has been a French Grand Prix on the calendar since 2008.

Whilst the track will be something of an unknown, Pirelli have previously conducted tyre tests at the venue, which will go some way to helping them choose the best compounds for the circuit.

For the upcoming race, Red Bull have been the most conservative with their tyre choices, electing for seven sets of the ultrasoft tyres – the fewest of all the teams – and have chosen to take three sets of the yellow-walled soft tyre, the most of all the teams along with the Force Indias and Fernando Alonso.

Both Ferrari and Mercedes have chosen nine sets of the ultrasoft tyres, whilst Williams has been the most aggressive and taken ten sets of the ultrasoft tyre, the maximum allowable.

In other notable tyre choices, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly have chosen four sets of the supersoft tyre.



Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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