Pirelli set to announce F1 2011 tyre deal
May 26, 2010
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Pirelli is about to be confirmed as the F1 tyre supplier from 2011 onwards
According to the Italain media, tyre manufacturer Pirelli are set to announce that they are to supply tyres to the Formula 1 grid from 2011 onwards.
While Cooper Avon and Michelin were also in the running, both companies had their disadvatages. Cooper Avon did not have commercial beneifts, while Michelin’s offer came with very pushy strings attached. So, in that sense, I think Pirelli was the best decicion.
The deal is reported to pay Pirelli €1m from every team per year, on a 3-year contract. Throughout the season, they will provide 3 compounds of tyre – soft, medium and hard.These 3 compounds will be available at every single race for the season, which in my opinion is too confusing for the fans to follow during races.
Also, it is possible that the Milan-based company would supply tyres to GP2 and GP3 teams as well, but this is currently unconfirmed. More on this news soon.