Pirelli wins bid to remain F1 tire supplier (Update)

Marco Tronchetti Provera
Marco Tronchetti Provera

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today.

Pirelli will remain as Global Tire Partner of the FIA Formula One World Championship for a further four years, after renewing its current contract – which lasts until the end of the 2019 season – to extend from 2020 to 2023.

The agreement was completed in a short timeframe, following on from the successful partnership over recent years. FOM and Pirelli have agreed on all initiatives requested by the sport currently, and have reaffirmed their commitment to work together towards the new technical regulations expected for 2021, including the 18-inch tire.

Chase Carey, Formula 1 Chairman and CEO, said: “Pirelli have been an important and valued partner to Formula 1® since 2011. They are leaders in providing innovative state of the art capabilities. They are a premium brand, a clear global leader in motorsport and our ongoing partnership with them is proof once more of our desire to align F1 with the best in motorsport and beyond. We are delighted to have reached this agreement, which guarantees a long-term stable future for such a crucial component of Formula 1".

Jean Todt, FIA President: “I am happy to have Pirelli appointed for another period as official tire supplier to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. It will allow all of us to enjoy the experience gained since 2011. We know how crucial and difficult is the role of the tire supplier and, particularly, in Formula 1".

Marco Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli Vice President and CEO, commented: “It’s excellent news that Pirelli is prolonging its partnership with Formula One until 2023. This new agreement extends our presence to a total of 13 seasons in the modern era, with Pirelli also present in 1950, when the World Championship was inaugurated. Formula One is and will remain the pinnacle of motorized competition: the perfect environment for Pirelli, which has always defined motorsport as its most advanced technological research and development laboratory. Formula One provides the perfect showcase for our Ultra High Performance road car tires, which equip the world’s most desirable prestige and premium vehicles to guarantee the highest standards of performance,
sustainability and safety."

18" wheels for F1
18" wheels for F1

11/24/18 The word in the Abu Dhabi paddock is that Pirelli have won the bid to remain as the single tire supplier in F1 for the next three years.

The announcement is expected Sunday and we hear the switch to 18-inch wheels will be confirmed.