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Pirelli edging Michelin in battle for F1 tyre supply, reports claim

In what has become a two-horse race to replace Bridgestone as F1's single tyre-supplier from 2011, it appears Pirelli has nosed ahead of rival Michelin and is now within sight of the finish line
Pirelli is close to winning the battle to replace Bridgestone as F1's sole tyre-supplier from 2011, Italian media are claiming, with reports that the Milan-based manufacturer has now been given the nod by both the top flight's teams and the sport's influential commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone.

According to Autosprint, Pirelli will receive €1 million per team per year for each of the next three seasons, and for that will cater to all of the competitors equally with a range of soft, medium and hard-compound tyres. The current 13-inch spec will remain for the time being, before ultimately switching to lower-profile rims.

Also understood to be part of the deal is for Pirelli to similarly supply the feeder GP2 Series, in addition to its existing commitments to the all-new GP3 category and World Rally Championship. Despite the fact that the company was last involved in F1 almost two decades ago back in 1991, it has seemingly beaten off rival bids from the likes of Michelin, Avon Cooper, Kumho and Hankook and is shortly due to be ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council – though not everybody is convinced it is the right choice.

“As an Italian I prefer Pirelli, but experience tells me Michelin,” Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “In the end, it will be the same for everyone.”




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Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.

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spaghettieddie

May 26, 2010 7:41 PM

@blzbub, When that happens I am done with F1. Just like I ditched Nascar. I watched Indy qualifying this past weekend and enjoyed it but it was not the same. When it was run what ya brung, It was SOOOOOOOOOO much better. Its not the same and wont be if F1 follows there lead. I could go on and on about it,(indy) and how much fun it was to watch the different manufacturers doing battle on the track. Fun stuff! I miss it! :) :)



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