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Pirelli announce compounds and extra tyre provisions for Australia // Multi-coloured sidewalls set to distinguish hard and soft tyres

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Hello and welcome to F1Minute for the 21st March 2011.

F1 tyre supplier Pirelli have confirmed they will provide teams with an extra set of tyres in free practice this weekend as the season gets underway in Australia. The FIA tweaked the tyre regulations so that Pirelli can give 12 sets to teams, rather than the 11 allowed, but only at specific events. Australia has been chosen because it will be warmer conditions than Pirelli have seen so far during testing. The extra set of tyres can only be used on a Friday.

Pirelli also revealed the colours they’ll be using to distinguish the different compounds, and it’s a veritable rainbow of coloured sidewalls. Your homework is to memorise: silver for the hard compound, white for medium, yellow for soft, red for supersoft, and then blue for the intermediates, and orange for the wet tyres. Already it looks difficult to distinguish between the silver and the white, although they shouldn’t be in use at the same time. Motosport Director Paul Hembery said the colours reflected Pirelli’s desire to be a “proactive and colourful partner in F1.”