Pirelli secure three-year Formula 1 tyre deal‎

By Gareth Llewellyn

pirelli formula 1 tyres

Pirelli have been confirmed as the sole tyre manufacturer for Formula One from 2011.

The Italian company returns to F1 to replace Bridgestone in a three-year deal after ratification from the World Motor Sport Council today.

“Pirelli has been selected as the single tyre supplier for the FIA Formula One World Championship for a period of three years, commencing in 2011,” read a statement by the FIA.

“The sole supplier will undertake to strictly respect the sporting and technical regulations implemented by the FIA.”

British-American firm Avon, and French company Michelin were also aiming to win the deal.

It is a shame for F1 that a deal could not be arranged to allow more than one company supply tyres again.

This year, the best race we had was with very different Bridgestone tyres. Factor in another team with two compounds and it provides much more variety, making both drivers and teams work harder to achieve their best result.

Michelin had been interested in a return after their departure in 2006, but only alongside another company.

A tyre war was—and would continue to be—good for the sport, and it is a shame that a few people in powerful positions within the sport fail to act on that.

The new deal will be Pirelli’s fourth foray into F1, their last coming from 1989-1991 as competition to Goodyear, the sport’s most successful tyre manufacturer.


MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Jerome Boateng


Queen's 2018
The Sport Review
Novak Djokovic on his love of grass, and the mental challenge of working back from injury
The Sport Review
10 goalkeepers Liverpool FC could sign in summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Arsenal transfers: 10 targets Gunners could sign for defence in summer
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
10 players Chelsea could sign in the 2018 summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Queen’s 2018: Marin Cilic powers to big-man showdown as Querrey ends Wawrinka hopes
The Sport Review
Sky Sports reporter delivers latest update on Martial at Man United
The Sport Review
Eden Hazard urged to quit Chelsea FC this summer