Pirelli, the new tyre supplier to Formula 1, has revealed the colours that will be used to distinguish the six different types of tyre that will be used throughout the 2011 season.
Each compound will carry its on distinct colouring on the Pielli logos affixed to the sidewall.
The six colours are as follows: Wet – orange; Intermediate – light blue; Supersoft – red; soft – yellow; medium – white, hard – silver.
The tyre company will bring two compounds of dry tyre to every venue, and each driver must use both the ‘option’ and ‘prime’ compound over the course of each race, unless it rains, and the wet or intermediate tyres are required.
For the first three grand prix of the season – Australia, Malaysia and China – the hard and soft compounds will be allocated.
“We're very excited by the prospect of returning to Formula One for the first time in 20 years, and we're aiming to be a proactive and colourful partner in Formula One,” explained Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s Motorsport Director. “So what better way to symbolise this than a brightly coloured selection of Pirelli logos to run on the sidewalls?
“These will enable both live and television audiences to tell at a glance who is on what compounds, which will be vital knowledge as tyres are set to form a key part of race strategy this year.”