Finally, the news we all knew has been announced!
The FIA has confirmed that Pirelli has been selected as Formula 1’s sole tyre supplier for the next three years from the start of the 2011 season.
In the wake of Bridgestone’s surprise decision to quit F1 competition at the end of 2010, the rumour mill has been working overtime in an attempt to identify potential candidates, from which Pirelli – which originally denied having any interest in becoming a tyre supplier – emerged the clear favourite in a race against Michelin, Cooper Avon and Kumho.
This ends a period of uncertainty for all F1 teams, who have been reluctant to progress too far on the design of their 2011 cars with the identity of their tyre supplier being unknown.
The FIA statement reads: “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.
“The sole supplier will undertake to strictly respect the sporting and technical regulations implemented by the FIA.”
Pirelli’s involvement in F1’s sixty-year history has been generally sporadic since the advent of modern-era competition, picking up 44 race victories in its several stints in the sport. It was last on the grid in 1991, with its final race victory coming at the hands of Nelson Piquet in Canada that year.
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