Pirelli confirms six different colours for tyres

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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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115 comments on Pirelli confirms six different colours for tyres

  1. MattHT (@mattht) said on 18th March 2011, 22:11

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Dutch_Alex said on 18th March 2011, 22:24

    No more green stripe, YESYESYESYES!.

  4. UKfanatic (@) said on 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

  5. Well this was an excellent idea.


    It was!
    Just sayin…

  6. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 18th March 2011, 23:38

    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.

    • VXR said on 19th March 2011, 2:37

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

  7. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 19th March 2011, 0:00

    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.

  8. Eggry (@eggry) said on 19th March 2011, 3:59

    it’s so confusing!!

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

  10. We Want Turbos said on 19th March 2011, 9:16

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

  11. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 19th March 2011, 10:06

    At racing speed it will be tough to distinguish between Silver & White. They could have gone for Green or Brown.

  12. Burnout said on 19th March 2011, 11:09

    Somehow I don’t see the point of having four different colours for dry weather tyres. Don’t get me wrong, it’s easier for us fanatics to keep track of what compound is used at which race. But as far as each weekend is concerned, you only have a prime and an option tyre.

    Good move by Pirelli to use different colours for inters and full wets though. It’ll be easier to keep track of who’s using what tyre instead of waiting for the car to slow down enough so we can see the tread pattern.

    • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 19th March 2011, 12:18

      The average TV viewer wouldn’t know the difference between a compound and a cow pie. Maybe Pirelli trying to educate them and it does look pretty cool.

      I tend to think in terms of primes and options too. By the time Q3 rolls around we all sort of know what the tyres are capable of. P or O is all most of us need to know.

  13. maxthecat said on 19th March 2011, 12:22

    mmm, i know, lets make F1 more complicated to follow for newbies, this and the absolutely daft DRS system is just going to put people off in the first 10 minutes. Is this F1 or are we going to be watching Indycar? DRS would be fine if in the drivers hands to use whenever/however they see fit but having it limited to certain parts of the track and within a certain distance from another car is plain silly IMO.

    • Burnout said on 19th March 2011, 13:53

      Unfortunately, that’s true. If I had to keep track of differently coloured tyres, a KERS graphic and a “DRS armed” graphic the first time I watched a race, I don’t think I’dve tuned in again. Unnecessary complexity is a direction F1 should avoid, especially with falling attendance at grands prix across the world.

  14. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 19th March 2011, 14:30

    It should have been like this:

    Hard -Red
    Soft -Yellow
    Wet -Blue

  15. Mouse_Nightshirt said on 19th March 2011, 15:53

    Must say I find the intermediate tread fascinating.

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