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Pirelli confirms six different colours for tyres

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pirelli have confirmed the colours that will be used to distinguish between their tyres.

Unlike last year, each tyre will have its own specific colour.

The different colours will be applied to the logos on the sidewalls of the tyres:

Tyre Colour
Hard Silver
Medium White
Soft Yellow
Super-soft Red
Wet Orange
Intermediate Blue

Click the image above to see each different tyre.

According to Pirelli, “The colours reflect the unique personality of each tyre, enabling viewers to tell instantly not only which is the prime and the option tyre, but also exactly which type of tyre is fitted to each car.”

Motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “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.

“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.”

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  1. What happened with the green color? They’re using it at testing.

  2. It’s just a guess, but maybe Pirelli will use green for testing tyres (the friday-extra tyres).

  3. I feel the intermediate tyres should have come before the wets in order of hardness.

  4. SennaNmbr1 (@)
    18th March 2011, 17:48

    What a superb idea!!

  5. Oh, great – it’s the iTire. Peach, plum, bondi blue, rose, mauve…

  6. Somehow the colouring of the tyres creates cheap, artificial racing. I’m not sure how yet, give me a couple of minutes.


    The super-softs will look great on the Ferrari and match the McLarens and Renaults very well! I wonder if the teams will choose for their cars to be photographed with the “correct” complimentary colour for their official photos!

  7. What are the chances Pirelli tried to make all teams happy(as much as possible in current situation). Most teams and especially drivers are complaining and seem to be quite unhappy with new tyres.

    Red= Ferrari
    Yellow = Renault, Lotus Racing
    Silver = Mclaren, Mercedes
    Blue = Redbull, Williams
    Orange = Force India
    White = Sauber

    Good effort by Pirelli. Liking it better than the boring green of Bridgestone.

    1. Think that might be looking into it a little bit too much ;)

      But a race like that would be bloody phenomenal! :D

      I liked the Bridgestone green…thought it sat nice against the Mercedes GP Petronas green.

  8. Well I guess it kinda makes sense when you look at it for a while. At least this gives us time to memorise them. However, we already know the tyres for the next couple of months anyways.

  9. Looks great. Anything but those ‘environmentally friendly yeah right’ green stripes.

    1. lol, cotd!!!

  10. Yellow white and silver will be hard to distinguish on TV.

    1. The biggest contrast you will have will be Silver to Yellow…given the tyres compound choices are always at least one step apart.

  11. Yellow, white and silver may be hard to distinguish if they were all being used at once yeah……but we’re only ever gonna have two to distinguish between if it’s a dry race aren’t we? Surely seeing the difference between any two types will become very easy once it’s on tv – probably because most of the field will be on the same compound at the same time anyway (give or take) and the commentators will keep us informed! It will come easily after a few sessions.

  12. I believe there will always be a 2 step gap, so it’s always going to be either:

    Silver (Hard) & Yellow (Soft)


    White (Medium) & Red (Super Soft)

    So there should never be any confusion. Also you always easily see which compounds are being used at each race.

  13. No more green stripe, YESYESYESYES!.

  14. UKfanatic (@)
    18th March 2011, 23:09

    wet and intemediates are easy to spot by the thread of the tyre so i think they should use one of those colour blue or orange for the medium and soft cause white and silver are the same

  15. Well this was an excellent idea.


    It was!
    Just sayin…

  16. White and silver are going to be difficult to tell apart at races where the hards and mediums are on hand. Perhaps Prielli should swap the mediums and the wets since it’s unlikely that drivers will be using wet and dry tyres in the same race. That way, the mediums are orange and the wets are white, making it easier to tell them apart when the race is completely dry and the hard and medium compounds get used.

    1. Medium and hard tyres won’t be used at the same race. Pirelli are sticking to the step apart rule.

  17. This is going to sound like a werid analogy, but looking at the tyres, I’m reminded of a shoulder of pork. The pork usually has a thin layer of fat across the top that is clearly distinct from the meat. Without the fat, the meat has no flavour. And looking at the pictures of the tyres, you can clearly see a thin layer of rubber around the top side that is slightly separate from the rest of the rubber. Without the layer of rubber, the tyre has no grip. Just as the fat will melt when exposed to high temperature, so to will the layer of rubber when the driver pushes.

    See, I told you it would be a weird analogy. But it’s oddly fitting.

    1. Well, I got hungry reading it, if that helps?

    2. While some are still chewing away at the fat the wiser ones will be looking for another shoulder of pork.

      1. the wiser ones will be looking for another shoulder of pork.

        I read that as a pit stop for fresh tyres.

      2. While some are still chewing away at the fat the wiser ones will be looking for another shoulder of pork.

        You clearly are not a cook.

  18. it’s so confusing!!

  19. they should replace the silver or white logo with green – hard to differentiate during the race.

    1. But Pirelli are keeping Bridgestone’s two-step policy. So it will either be hards and softs (silver and yellow), or mediums and super-softs (white and red). Because Pirelli wo’t be bringing mediums and hards (white and silver) to any of the races, there is no danger of confusion.

      1. They may if it is necessary.

  20. We Want Turbos
    19th March 2011, 9:16

    Surely using different coloured rubber would be an easier to spot solution… If that’s possible?

    1. You mean… like yellow tyres?

      Ermm….I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

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