Pirelli, Formula 1's new tyre supplier, has colour-coded its rubber to make it easier for hard-core racing fans to identify the various compounds.
Pirelli, Formula 1's new tyre supplier, has colour-coded its rubber to make it easier for
hard-core racing fans to identify the various compounds, e.g. medium or soft. All tyre
side-walls now sport the phrase 'Pirelli P Zero', and it is this that changes colour like a
rubberised chameleon. So, for the super-sticky 'slick' tyres this means:
Super-soft – RED
Soft – WHITE
Medium – BLUE
Hard - YELLOW
Full wet tyres are colour-coded yellow too, but these are distinguishable from slick hard
compound tyres thanks to their prominent tread pattern. The intermediate tyres, much like
the super-soft slick compound, also wear striking red. Again their weaving tread pattern
makes these reasonably easy to spot at 200mph.
These colour-coded tyres will be distributed to the teams randomly by serial number, thus
ensuring that no driver or constructor receives an unfair advantage. Also, overall allocation
is down compared to last year, so the teams will now have to survive a whole weekend
with eleven - rather than fourteen - sets of vibrantly decorated boots. Oh, the humanity!