F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Soft Supersoft Ultrasoft
Lewis Hamilton 4 2 7
Nico Rosberg 4 2 7
Sebastian Vettel 5 1 7
Kimi Raikkonen 4 2 7
Valtteri Bottas 4 2 7
Felipe Massa 5 1 7
Daniel Ricciardo 5 2 6
Max Verstappen 5 2 6
Kevin Magnussen 5 2 6
Jolyon Palmer 4 3 6
Nico Hulkenberg 3 2 8
Sergio Perez 3 3 7
Daniil Kvyat 4 2 7
Carlos Sainz 4 2 7
Fernando Alonso 5 1 7
Jenson Button 5 1 7
Marcus Ericsson 3 4 6
Felipe Nasr 3 4 6
Pascal Wehrlein 4 3 6
Esteban Ocon 4 3 6
Romain Grosjean 4 2 7
Esteban Gutierrez 3 3 7
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F1 2016: Brazilian GP Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the Brazilian Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Hard Medium Soft
Lewis Hamilton 1 4 8
Nico Rosberg 1 4 8
Sebastian Vettel 1 5 7
Kimi Raikkonen 2 4 7
Valtteri Bottas 1 3 9
Felipe Massa 1 3 9
Daniel Ricciardo 1 5 7
Max Verstappen 1 5 7
Kevin Magnussen 1 4 8
Jolyon Palmer 1 4 8
Nico Hulkenberg 2 3 8
Sergio Perez 2 3 8
Daniil Kvyat 1 4 8
Carlos Sainz 1 4 8
Fernando Alonso 1 4 8
Jenson Button 1 4 8
Marcus Ericsson 1 5 7
Felipe Nasr 1 5 7
Pascal Wehrlein 1 4 8
Esteban Ocon 1 4 8
Romain Grosjean 1 5 7
Esteban Gutierrez 2 4 7

F1 2016: Mexican GP Preview

Following the US Grand Prix, Formula One heads to South America for the second running of the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Mexican Grand Prix was previously on the F1 calendar from 1963 to 1970 and again from 1986 to 1992, but made a return in 2015. Last year’s race was won by Nico Rosberg – who also started from pole position – finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Circuit: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Number of Laps: 71
Circuit Length: 4.304km
Number of Corners: 17
Lap Record: 1:20.521 Nico Rosberg (2015)
Previous Mexico winners still on the grid: 1
Most Successful Team: Lotus, McLaren & Williams (3 wins)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Medium, Soft and Supersoft

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez features the longest run to turn one on the current calendar which stands at 800m. The circuit itself is a mixture of long straights, fast flowing sections and a tricky stadium section at the end of the lap. It is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar but features its own unique challenges. Due to the location of the circuit, it is the highest on the calendar in terms of altitude which has an adverse affect on the cars. Teams will need to run higher downforce levels to compensate for this and brakes can also be difficult to cool.

Because of the fact that Formula One only returned to the track last year, and a lot of reconfiguration and profiling work was held prior to that, grip levels will probably still be low. There are plenty of run off areas at most parts of the track should drivers find themselves making any mistakes.

There will be two Mexican drivers on the grid for this year’s race – Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez. Gutierrez is still looking for his first points of the season while Perez is currently best of the rest in the drivers championship – outside of Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari drivers.

Rosberg currently leads the championship by 26 points – still more than a race victory. With 75 points up for grabs and Hamilton winning at the US Grand Prix, the championship is still very much up for grabs. However, if Rosberg wins this weekend and Hamilton fails to finish in the points then Rosberg will become world champion. Rosberg won last year and was fastest in two out of three of the practice sessions as well as taking pole position. He will be hoping to repeat that form this year to return to the top step.

 

F1 2016: Mexican GP Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the Mexican Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Medium Soft Supersoft
Lewis Hamilton 3 5 5
Nico Rosberg 4 4 5
Sebastian Vettel 3 4 6
Kimi Raikkonen 2 5 6
Valtteri Bottas 3 3 7
Felipe Massa 3 3 7
Daniel Ricciardo 3 4 6
Max Verstappen 3 4 6
Kevin Magnussen 5 2 6
Jolyon Palmer 4 3 6
Nico Hulkenberg 3 3 7
Sergio Perez 3 3 7
Daniil Kvyat 2 3 8
Carlos Sainz 2 3 8
Fernando Alonso 3 4 6
Jenson Button 3 4 6
Marcus Ericsson 3 3 7
Felipe Nasr 3 3 7
Pascal Wehrlein 2 5 6
Esteban Ocon 2 5 6
Romain Grosjean 2 4 7
Esteban Gutierrez 1 5 7

F1 2016: US GP Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the US Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Medium Soft Supersoft
Lewis Hamilton 3 4 6
Nico Rosberg 2 5 6
Sebastian Vettel 1 5 7
Kimi Raikkonen 1 5 7
Valtteri Bottas 3 3 7
Felipe Massa 2 4 7
Daniel Ricciardo 4 3 6
Max Verstappen 4 3 6
Kevin Magnussen 4 3 6
Jolyon Palmer 5 2 6
Nico Hulkenberg 3 3 7
Sergio Perez 3 2 8
Daniil Kvyat 3 3 7
Carlos Sainz 3 3 7
Fernando Alonso 3 4 6
Jenson Button 3 4 6
Marcus Ericsson 1 5 7
Felipe Nasr 1 5 7
Pascal Wehrlein 3 5 5
Esteban Ocon 3 5 5
Romain Grosjean 1 5 7
Esteban Gutierrez 2 4 7

F1 2016: Japanese Grand Prix Preview

Following the Malaysia Grand Prix, which saw the championship swing very firmly in Nico Rosberg’s favour, it is time for the Japanese Grand Prix – a firm favourite race amongst drivers and fans alike.

Daniel Ricciardo led home a Red Bull 1-2 in Malaysia when Lewis Hamilton’s engine blew, causing him to retire from the lead. Rosberg now leads the championship by 23 points having finished in third place.

Circuit: Suzuka
Number of Laps: 53
Circuit Length: 5.807km
Number of Corners: 18
Lap Record: 1:31.540 – Kimi Raikkonen (2005)
Previous Japanese Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 5
Most Successful Team: McLaren (9 wins)
DRS Zones: 1   
Pirelli Tyres: Hard, Medium and Soft

The Suzuka track is a unique figure of 8 configuration and features a number of high speed corners. Drivers spend about 65% of the lap at full throttle with 42 gear changes. There is a mix of fast, medium and slow corners with the only significant braking event happening at the chicane at the end of the lap. The track is narrow and features little run-off.  Like Malaysia, track temperatures and the threat of rain are something to consider over the weekend. As it’s an older established track, grip is high but with high levels of degradation.

McLaren are the most successful team at the Japanese Grand Prix but it is Hamilton and Mercedes who have won the last two races. Before that it was Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull who won two in a row. Red Bull were the best of the rest in Malaysia behind Mercedes, and took a 1-2 in the race when Hamilton retired. This is a track they have gone well at in the past so could be ones to watch this weekend.

Hamilton will be wanting to overcome his difficult weekend at the Malaysia Grand Prix and he is the form man at Suzuka. He had dominated qualifying and much of the race before his engine gave up on the 40th lap in Malaysia. Rosberg now leads the championship by 23 points – nearly a race victory – and with only five races in the year left, Hamilton will be wanting to start eating into that lead as soon as possible.

F1 2016: Japanese GP Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the Japanese Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Hard Medium Soft
Lewis Hamilton 3 2 8
Nico Rosberg 2 3 8
Sebastian Vettel 3 1 9
Kimi Raikkonen 2 2 9
Valtteri Bottas 3 3 7
Felipe Massa 2 4 7
Daniel Ricciardo 4 3 6
Max Verstappen 4 3 6
Kevin Magnussen 4 2 7
Jolyon Palmer 3 3 7
Nico Hulkenberg 4 2 7
Sergio Perez 4 2 7
Daniil Kvyat 4 2 7
Carlos Sainz 3 3 7
Fernando Alonso 3 3 7
Jenson Button 3 3 7
Marcus Ericsson 2 3 8
Felipe Nasr 2 3 8
Pascal Wehrlein 3 4 6
Esteban Ocon 3 4 6
Romain Grosjean 3 3 7
Esteban Gutierrez 2 4 7