SOFT TYRES ARE EXPECTED TO LAST 15 LAPS…
Red Bull and Max Verstappen may be forced into a two-stop strategy.
Pirelli have predicted their soft tyre will last only 15 laps, meaning Verstappen will be forced to pit.
Nico Rosberg said: “I was just speaking to the Pirelli boss Mario Isola, who of course has all the data.
“He said it’s going to be quite short on that soft tyre, because it will only last 15 to 20 laps. If that is the case, then that’s quite a worry for Red Bull.”
Jenson Button added: “They’re strategy is very limited.
“Lewis starting on the medium tyre, he has every opportunity. It’s a tricky one – though I’d still rather be on pole position with the soft tyre.”
Rosberg adds: “Max has track position and that’s a big, big thing. But Lewis on the medium does have a big chance today in the race.”