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Mercedes opted much less Hypersoft for Canadian GP than its rivals

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Pirelli has released the list of tyre choices for the next round of Formula 1 battle – Canadian Grand Prix, with Mercedes selecting much less hypersoft sets than all other teams.

Upcoming Canadian Grand Prix will spot the second presence of F1’s all-new hypersoft tyre, the softest available compound in Pirelli’s 2018 range.

In Monaco Mercedes was proved hypersoft was a compound that was difficult to maintain performance in on race, but they maintained pace in qualifying.

It is a nice tyre for qualifying but for the race it is very difficult to keep it alive and avoid the big degradation and graining,” Mercedes speedy Valtteri Bottas is quoted as saying by Motorsport.com.

“We will analyse everything we can from this weekend because I think other teams could operate the hyper better than us in the long runs, and that is something for us to learn for Montreal, if we cannot qualify with any other tyre in Q2.”

“I think honestly with the Hyper for us in the race was the weakness, I think,” said the Finn. “Otherwise we have managed to get them to work pretty well. I think the Ultra and Super we could work them as we should.

“Honestly [the Supersoft] was a surprise for us in the race. On Thursday it didn’t look anything that special, so it looked okay. It was definitely the best tyre to be on.

“I think it is just the Hyper, how quick it degraded that was the issue for us. I think the pace this weekend back in qualifying, why we were not fighting for pole it is not the tyres, it is more the car and how it is. It is just not quick around this track.”

Bottas and team-mate Lewis Hamilton select five sets of the hypersoft for Canadian GP, along with five sets of the ultrasoft compound and three sets of the supersoft, the hardest available tyre.

In difference, none of the other teams will have fewer than seven sets of the hypersoft available, and Mercedes’ main rivals Ferrari and Red Bull have both opted for eight sets.


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