Pirelli announce official tyre compound colour coding
March 18, 2011
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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:
Super soft =Red
Soft = Yellow
Medium = White
Hard = Silver
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.