Singapore Grand Prix 2019 Tyre Strategy Revealed
Singapore Grand Prix tyre selection reveal already that the top 3 front runners in Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull all have different tyre choices for the 2019 track going into the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon have opted for the heir to the hyper soft compound, the C5 rubber, at an aggressive ten sets each. Comparitively, we see Mercedes taking the more prudent, conservative route given the all-around performance of the silver arrows and have brought along eight of the red-rimmed tyre sets. The Ferrari drivers, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, will have nine sets of the C5 tyres.
The tyre strategy reveal what we already knew at the top but with a twist – Mercedes is likely going to to be the best all-around car at Singapore but Red Bull think they actually can challenge this year. Ferrari and Mercedes have identical sets of C4 medium tyres whilst Red Bull are bringing just one set each of the yellow-tipped medium compounds. Conversely, Red Bull matches Mercedes AMG F1 C3 tyre allocation with Ferrari bringing one, long emergency set each.
Singapore Grand Prix 2019 Tyre Analysis INFOGRAPHIC
Check out the entire grid tyre allocation for the F1 race at the Singapore Grand Prix 2019 below.
2019 Tyre Critics
Ferrari boss Mattia Bonotti was critical of the team vote back in July 2019 that would have awarded the field to the power to bring back the Pirelli compounds from the 2018 season. The vote needed a 7 team majority and only got 5 votes. With tyre compounds believed to be a major driver of team variance, it’s in Binotti’s best interest to try to close the gap with a more diverse tyre compound. But with massive 2021 regulation changes on the rise, I think tyre compounds should fall below things like down force for every team on the grid.
Regardless, the tyres are set for the Singapore Grand Prix 2019 edition. Do you think Red Bull have more success powered by the Honda engine and more C5s? Or will this just a repeat from last year?
Ferrari Scuderia Team Boss Mattia Binotto On Bringing Back 2018 Tyre Compounds
So I still feel really ashamed that we didn’t change the specification of tyres for the rest of the season because that would have been a great opportunity to somehow try to close the field.
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