By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has revealed the colours that will distinguish the six different tyres that will be used during the 2011 Formula One season.
The Italian tyres manufacturer, which has undertaken a three-year agreement to supply the sport with tyres, is using distinct colours on the Pirelli and PZero logos fixed to the sidewall.
Under the sport’s rules, only two compounds of slick tyre – known as the prime and the option – will be used for each race.
In addition to this, intermediate and wet tyres can be fitted if it rains.
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.
The six colours are as follows:
Wet – orange
Intermediate – light blue
Supersoft – red
Soft – yellow
Medium – white
Hard – silver
The opening race of the 2011 Formula One season, the Australian Grand Prix, will take at Albert Park in Melbourne on March 27 with 24 Pirelli-equipped cars lined up on the grid.