Pirelli, Formula One & Lean

Pirelli Tyre is actually using a lesson from the Toyota Production System in its strategy for supplying tires for its participation in Formula One racing.

Pirelli Tyre is actually using a lesson from the Toyota Production System in its strategy for supplying tires for its participation in Formula One racing.

One of the tenants of TPS is to have things clearly, unambiguously marked so that they are used in an appropriate manner. So Pirelli is color-coding the six different types of tires that it will be supplying to Formula One as it starts its first season of a three year agreement.

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Specifically, the types of tires and the color palette are:

· Wet: Orange

· Intermediate: Light blue

· Supersoft: Red

· Soft: Yellow

· Medium: White

· Hard: Silver

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Under Formula One rules, only two compounds of slick tire can be used for a given race. Intermediate and wet tires can be deployed as needed (intermediate tires, in case you’re wondering, are for damp or drying tracks).

Said Pirelli Motorsports director Paul Hembery: “We’re very excited by the prospect of returning to Formula One for the first time in 20 years, and we’re aiming to be a proactive and colorful partner in Formula One. So what better way to symbolize this than a brightly colored 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 tires are set to form a key part of the race strategy this year.”

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And the color-coding undoubtedly helps in having the right tires in the right place at the right time.