Pirelli has announce that from next year, there will be just three P Zero colours at each Formula One race. These will always be the same – white, yellow and red – denoting the hard, medium and soft tyre choices respectively at every Grand Prix. But that doesn’t mean that there will be only three tyre compounds.
Instead, the hard, medium and soft tyre compounds will continue to vary to suit the different characteristics of each track. For instance, Pirelli says a Red soft tyre for Monaco will differ substantially from a Red soft tyre for Silverstone or Suzuka. The precise number of tyre compounds available, covering a wide spectrum from soft to hard, will be communicated in December after homologation from the FIA.
Before every race next year, Pirelli will reveal which exact tyre compounds form the hard, medium and soft choices for the weekend. The company says this new system makes it easy for the casual fan to tell the difference between the tyres, yet still allows people who want more detail to know which of the specific tyre compounds available are being used.
The colours for the Cinturato intermediate tyre and full wet tyres remain unchanged next year – green and blue respectively.
“We’ve been talking about this with the Teams, FIA and Formula 1 for a while,” said Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing. “The idea behind the change is to make all the tyres more easily recognisable and explainable – especially for television – while still clearly denoting which specific tyre compounds are being used at each race”.