By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli is considering altering the colours of the marking on its Formula One tyres to make it easier for fans to differentiate between the compounds being used.
The Italian tyres manufacturer is reviewing the markings in the face of criticism following the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.
The yellow markings of the soft tyres and the silver markings of the hard tyres were sometimes hard to distinguish between.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for Pirelli, told AUTOSPORT: “We are looking at the markings, particularly the silver and the white.
“I thought the yellow was very clear. Looking at the images throughout the race on the television screens, I don’t think there was any doubt watching the cars with the yellow markings.
“But the silver? Yes. I think we need to work on that because it blurred a bit with the black. But if that is my biggest problem then I will be happy,” he added.
William’s driver Rubens Barrichello is among the leading figures who also think that the colour system needs improving.
He said: “The colours of the tyres, they don’t differentiate what is going on. Pirelli need to do something for the spectators.
“If you have a frozen image you can see on the picture what it is. But, on a running car, you can’t see what tyres someone is running. So imagine what it is like in the grandstand. It would be nice to do something different.”