F1 » Pirelli rules out replacing Bridgestone in F1

Pirelli has become the first mooted manufacturer to affirm that it has no interest in replacing Bridgestone as the official tyre-supplier to F1 from 2011.

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Alan D - Unregistered

November 05, 2009 2:55 PM

Cee Jay, it may yet come to that. One problem is that it is quite hard to make a decent tyre that is sticky enough for slow tracks and doesn't dangerously disintegrate on the fast tracks, (remember Indy and Michelin). Another problem is the sheer cost and small size of the market. If a tyre company was sure that a lot of teams would buy the tyres then it might be worth their while setting up the production facilities and capacity needed to supply tyres throughout the season, but if only one or two teams choose to buy from them then it would be prohibitively expensive. Its not just the cost of researching/building tyres, its also the cost of transporting them to each race.

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