Ultra Softs preferred for Abu Dhabi GP
14 November 2017 – Formula 1 drivers have overwhelmingly preferred the Ultra Soft tyre for the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi, with Pirelli revealing their compound choices.
The tyre company has selected its three softest compounds, the Ultra Soft, Super Soft and Soft, in order to cope with the demands of the Yas Marina Circuit.
Of their 13 available sets, all bar the Renault drivers have selected either nine or 10 batches of the purple-banded Ultra Soft, continuing the typical 2017 trend.
As per usual, one set of Ultra Softs must be cast aside for use only in Q3, while either the Super Softs or Softs must be run for a stint of the 55-lap Grand Prix, assuming dry conditions prevail.
Pirelli is to introduce a new pink-banded compound in 2018, after complaints that its 2017 range were too hard, having adopted a conservative approach in the wake of the sport's new regulations.
Fans have been asked to decide on its name: The Mega Soft, Extreme Soft or Hyper Soft.