• 2011 season

Pirelli to stick to current regulations

ESPNF1 Staff
June 24, 2010 « Button targets 'special' homecoming | »

Pirelli has announced that it will supply four different dry tyre compounds to Formula One teams in 2011.

It had been expected that the Italian manufacturer would supply only three compounds rather than Bridgestone's offering of super-soft, soft, medium and hard compounds. But Pirelli has confirmed that it will supply four dry weather tyres, plus a full wet tyre and an intermediate for next season.

"Following current Formula One regulations laid down by the FIA, the new contract ensures that Pirelli will provide teams with six different types of tyre for the season," read a statement.

It is believed the reason the current rules will remain unchanged is because of the long delay in the appointment of Bridgestone's successor. It meant that teams recently agreed to commence the designs of their 2011 cars on the basis of Bridgestone's 2010-specification tyre.

The touted move from the current 13-inch wheels to a much lower profile has also been postponed but Pirelli said that developments would continue apace.

"Research into innovative new tyre developments is a vital part of this exciting programme."

Pirelli, who will also supply tyres for the GP2 and GP3 series, was confirmed by the FIA on Wednesday as the sport's new supplier until 2013.

"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," said a statement by the FIA. "The sole supplier will undertake to strictly respect the sporting and technical regulations implemented by the FIA."