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Pirelli will use a new color code for its tires

The italian manufacturer will rely in "letters" instead of the stripes used by Bridgestone.
Friday, March 18, 2011

(EFE).- The Italian Pirelli tire brand, from this year as the sole tyre supplier for the World Formula One championship, reported that it will use a new color coding to easily identify different types of compounds.

The company has revealed "the lateral marking of the six models Pirelli PZero tires have a distinctive color". Additionally, it said that for the first three races of the season it will provide with a hard and soft compound tires (“prime and the option”), plus intermediate and rain for wet conditions.

Pirelli says that "the colors reflect the personality of each of the compounds making it easy for viewers to recognize each one of them: wet tires shall be marked in orange, the middle the blue bear, the super red, the soft, yellow means white, and hard money.

The six colours are as follows:

Wet - orange
Intermediate - light blue
Supersoft - red
Soft – yellow
Medium – white
Hard – silver



Pirelli said in a note that "the supersoft offer maximum speed, but with a much shorter duration than soft, which still maintain a good level of performance. The medium represent the most balanced option, while the hards are the most durable."So, be prepared to recognize them on the TV or at the track. The tyres colors at Albert Park will be silver (hard) and yellow (Soft). The same will be for Malaysia and China. 

Wet tires are only used in cases of extreme rainfall, while the intermediate situations are suitable for wet or drying out process.

For the Italian firm "checking how the teams strategically use each of these tires will improve the spectacle and the championship."

To emphasize the differences between the prime and option tires, Pirelli's strategy is "to give teams two options with a compound of difference between them. However, this strategy can be revised if the track conditions require so."

The compounds chosen for the first three races of the year (Australia, Malaysia and China) are the hard and soft, identified with silver and yellow markings.

The first World Championship race, the Grand Prix of Australia, will be held at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, between 25 and 27 March.

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