Pirelli reveal tyre choices for Canadian GP

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Pirelli has announced the tyre choices for all the drivers ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix next weekend.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve shares a lot of similarities with the last race in Monaco, with the wall-lined layout only used for racing a couple of weekends per year meaning grip levels are usually very low.

This means the tyre supplier will again bring the ultrasoft, supersoft and soft compounds as in Monte Carlo, with teams again heavily favouring the purple-marked softest rubber available.

The top three teams have made small differences in their choices with current leaders, Ferrari going for an additional set of ultrasoft compared to their rivals.

This choice is not surprising after the previous rounds where the Italian team showed better tyre management than their opponents, especially Mercedes who are struggling with maintaining the optimum tyre temperature.

Red Bull may try to differ with strategies to cover the time gap that splits them of the top teams using the undercut or the overcut as seen lately in Monaco, they have also gone more conservative than the other top two teams with only seven sets of the ultrasoft compound, two less than Ferrari.

With the tyres lasting more this year, a one-stop strategy has become more normal meaning tyre management and choice is now crucial.

Across the grid, the ultrasoft selection ranged between seven to 10 sets per driver of the 13 allowed with just one or two sets of the soft compound, except for Pascal Wehrlein who went for three.

McLaren is the only team to go for 10 ultrasoft sets, a big number considering that half the grid decided to go for seven sets, leaving Vandoorne with one set of supersofts and two sets of soft compounds.

Also on Thursday, Pirelli announced that the ultrasoft, supersoft and soft compounds will be made available for the night race on the streets of Singapore in September.