‘Let’s be honest, it’s only got more complicated’: Pirelli unveil tyres to be used for F1 winter testing… but new colour scheme to help fans has only left them more confused than before
- Pirelli have revealed the five compounds to be used for winter testing
- But F1’s tyre manufacture has caused confusion by how they will label each one
- Some tyre types will not feature a ‘bracket’ in their colour coding
- F1 fans have reacted negatively to proposal, branding it as confusing
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Nothing turns off the casual fan from Formula One more than the topic of tyre compounds, and F1’s latest attempt to simplify the variations in rubber seems to have been given the thumbs down.
Pirelli have unveiled five different compounds to be used for this month’s winter testing as well as in-season tests, but just three colours to separate them.
Ranging from hardest to softest, the colours are white (with no bracket), white, yellow, red, red (with no bracket) – also known as C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5.
Pirelli revealed on Tuesday how their tyre hierarchy would look during winter testing
No bracket refers to the extremes of the compound ranges, not featuring the striped line just inside the circumference area inbetween the Pirelli branding.
While this is confusing enough just in a graphic, trying to distinguish two tyres of the same colour by a lack of brackets on a moving car could prove even more of a struggle.
The development has left fans up in arms, with many responding negativley to the announcement on Twitter.
One user posted: ‘Why does F1 continue to ‘simplify’ itself by getting more complicated? I genuinely worry for the future of this sport’, while another simply stated ‘Let’s be honest, it’s only got more complicated.’
F1 fans criticised the sport last year for its vast range of tyres and colours with no clear hierarchy as compounds called ‘super soft’, ultra soft’ and hyper soft’ all featured throughout the campaign.
Fans will be pleased to know that the situation should improve for the start of the season.
Although the above five compounds will be used throughout the season, only three will be selected for use throughout a race weekend and they will always be respectively called hard, medium and soft with their own separate colour branding.
There were nine types of Pirelli tyre compounds in use during the sport last season
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