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Pirelli announces tyre colour coding details

ESPNF1 Staff
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The 2011 tyres will be colour coded © Sutton Images

Pirelli has released the details of its colour-coding system for its 2011 tyre compounds.

There will be four slick compounds as well as two wet-weather tyres and it has designated each with different coloured writing on the sidewall so that spectators can keep track of team strategy. The colour codings are as follows:

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

Pirelli's 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."

Pirelli intends to use the soft and hard compounds at the first three fly-away races before making a decision on later allocations once it has analysed the tyres under race conditions. The plan is to offer a step of at least one compound between the tyres nominated for each race. However, Pirelli warned that "this strategy may be revised".

Pirelli's tyre selection in full © Pirelli