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Hamilton, Vettel split on Russian GP tyre choices

Formula 1 title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have taken varying approaches regarding their tyre compound selections for next weekend’s Russian Grand Prix. Sole supplier Pirelli has opted to nominate the Hypersoft, Ultrasoft and Soft compound for the event at Sochi Autodrom, which typically features little degradation. It mirrors the choice made for last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix – with the red-banded Supersoft step missed out. One set of Hypersofts must be used only in Q3 while either the Ultrasofts or Softs must be used for one stint of the Grand Prix. Vettel had taken a more aggressive approach with nine sets of Hypersofts, three Ultrasofts and just...
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