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Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.Monday 27 February 2017.World Copyright: Zak Mauger/LAT Imagesref: Digital Image _X0W8786

Mercedes go aggressive with tyre choices for Mexico

FIA have communicated to Pirelli each team’s tyre choices for the forthcoming Mexican Grand Prix, Round 18 of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship on 27-29 October, with Mercedes drivers opting to go aggressive while Red Bull and Ferrari have gone more conservative in their selections.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas have opted for nine sets each of the Pirelli purple band ultrasoft tyres for the weekend at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

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With Hamilton choosing three sets of supersofts and a set of softs, with Bottas taking along two sets of supersofts and two soft sets.

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will have identical quotas at their disposal, both drivers conservative with their choices of six sets of the ultrasofts, four sets of softs and two sets of softs.

The other title contender (at time of writing) Sebastian Vettel will have seven sets of ultrasofts, five supersofts and a set of softs at his disposal, while Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen will also have seven ultrasofts in his garage, as well as four sets of supersofts and two sets of softs.

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