Ferrari are heading to Japan with the most aggressive strategy of all the teams, although Mercedes are not far behind on a circuit where there are high speed sweeping corners.
Given the high speed nature of the circuit, Pirelli have decided to take the hard, medium and soft options to Suzuka, with most teams once again deciding to take a majority of the softest compound option.
It is there were the differences then start. Ferrari are taking the most of the soft tyre, although only taking one set of the medium for Sebastian Vettel and two for Kimi Raikkonen. Red Bull and Force India have taken a more conservative approach though, electing to take four sets of the hard tyre and taking the lead amount of the soft tyres for qualifying.
Manor are taking four sets of the soft tyre, a strategic call for the race, with them unlikely to get beyond Q1 and therefore don’t need lots of sets of the soft tyre for qualifying.