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Gerhard Berger slams Pirelli criticism

ESPNF1 Staff
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Gerhard Berger has given his backing to Pirelli © Sutton Images
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Former Formula One driver Gerhard Berger has slammed claims as 'nonsense' that Pirelli is a questionable choice as Formula One's new tyre supplier.

It is expected that the Italian manufacturer will succeed the departing Bridgestone to become the sport's new supplier, with confirmation coming possibly at next week's meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.

Michelin, who supplied tyres alongside Bridgestone as recently as 2005, is the other outside contender. The fact that Pirelli, absent from the sport since 2005, has gained the majority of support has come as a surprise to many as the development time for 2011 is now so short.

There has also been criticism in the past during Pirelli's forays in world superbike racing as well as world rallying.

"This [criticism] is absolute nonsense," Berger told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. "Pirelli equips the fastest sports cars in the world. There are also people in Formula One who have been successful with Pirelli."

Pirelli is currently also the GP3 supplier and tipped for a deal with GP2 for 2011 and beyond.