Pirelli has announced that it will use different coloured sidewall markings to help fans and commentators identify the six different tyre compounds that will be available during the 2011 Formula 1 season.

Check out the new colours below…

The six colours are as follows:

Pirelli Tyres

Wet weather Orange
Intermediate Light blue
Super soft Red
Soft Yellow
Medium White
Hard Silver

The decision is much more sensible than Bridgestone’s policy of labelling its ‘option’ compound tyre (which could vary from race to race) with a coloured band, leaving the rather impractical arrangement of having to strip the coloured band off the sidewall surface if the same ‘option’ compound was the ‘prime’ compound at the very next race.

Pirelli will make its return to Formula 1 racing after an absence of twenty years, with its last competitive outing being at the rain-soaked Australian Grand Prix.

“We’re very excited by the prospect of returning to Formula 1 … and we’re aiming to be a proactive and colourful partner in Formula 1,” said Pirelli’s motorsport boss Paul Hembery.

“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 has announced that it will use the soft (yellow) and hard (silver) compound tyres for the season’s first three flyaway races at Australia, Malaysia and China.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.