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F1 Belgian GP: Mercedes opts for conservative Belgian GP tyre picks

Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have both bulked up on the medium and soft compounds compared to their rivals at Spa.
Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have both picked conservative tyre selections for the Belgian Grand Prix by bulking up on the medium and soft compounds compared to its rivals.

While a running trend in the new tyre rules for 2016 has seen teams and drivers prefer to favour the softest compounds set by Pirelli per round, Mercedes have been relatively reserved in their selection of the super-softs with each driver taking four sets for Spa.

It has enabled the F1 championship contenders to stack up on the medium and soft compounds, with Hamilton taking six softs and three mediums while Rosberg has picked five softs for four mediums.

Conversely, Ferrari has bene one of the most aggressive teams with its tyre picks, with both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen selecting seven super-softs, five softs and just a single set of mediums for Spa – a strategy matched by the Sauber pair and Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez.

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The resurgent Red Bull squad has picked a median selection with both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen picking six super-softs, three softs and four mediums.

In the tight midfield battle similar tyre selections have been selected, with Williams, Renault and Toro Rosso all taking seven sets of super-softs with small variations between medium and soft picks.

The McLaren and Force India drivers have mirrored one another with their picks as each of them have opted for six super-softs, four softs and three mediums.

READ: Red Bull trials 2017 Pirelli rubber

The Belgian Grand Prix takes place on the 26-28 August and acts as the first race after the F1 summer shutdown.

by Haydn Cobb

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