Pirelli announce official tyre compound colour coding

Colour markings for Pirelli's 2011 tyres

Colour markings for Pirelli's 2011 tyres

Contrary to earlier reports in the year, Pirelli have announced a different colour coding system for their tyres this year.

As expected, the “Pirelli P Zero” markings will carry the colour coding, to inform the TV audience which driver is using what compound. The colour markings are as follows:

Dry tyres

Super soft =Red

Soft = Yellow

Medium = White

Hard = Silver

Wet tyres

Intermediates = Light blue

Extreme wets = Orange

To avoid confusion, I’ve deleted the article from a few months back, which claimed different colours were being used.

Overall it looks like a good system, but there may eventually be a problem distinguishing between the medium (white) and hard (silver) compounds. As the photo shows, there isn’t too much between them, and at 200mph it could be very difficult for the viewers as well.

However, it is unlikely that both the medium and hard tyres will be brought to the same race. Pirelli are bringing the soft and hard tyres (as they can only bring 2 dry coumpounds per race weekend) to the first three races.

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2 responses to “Pirelli announce official tyre compound colour coding

  1. Peter G March 18, 2011 at 21:29

    Agree with you that white and silver may be difficult to distinguish apart, especially when the car is going past at 200 km / hour.

    Maybe “Green ” for hard compound to be environmentally friendly ?

  2. Daz-18-11 April 15, 2011 at 13:51

    It won’t be hard to distingush because the supersofts (red) will always go with the mediums (white)

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