Pirelli has announced that starting next year, there will be just three P Zero colors at each Formula 1 race. These will always be the same – white, yellow and red – denoting the hard, medium and soft tire choices respectively at every Grand Prix.
However, the hard, medium and soft tire compounds will continue to vary to suit the different characteristics of each track. The precise number of tire compounds available, covering a wide spectrum from soft to hard, will be communicated in December after homologation from the FIA.
Before every race in the 2019 season, Pirelli will reveal which exact tire compounds form the hard, medium and soft choices for the weekend. This new system aims to make it easy for casual fans to tell the difference between the tires.
The colors for the Cinturato intermediate tire and full wet tires remain unchanged next year – green and blue respectively.
Mario Isola, Pirelli’s head of car racing, said, “We’ve been talking about this with the teams, FIA and Formula 1 for a while. The idea behind the change is to make all the tires more easily recognizable and explainable – especially for television – while still clearly denoting which specific tire compounds are being used at each race.”