The FIA and Formulation 1 have proposed, and Pirelli has agreed, a one-year extension to the prevailing unique tyre provide contract to replicate the unique intention of the 2018 tyre tender and stay inside the general technical framework, which is in the perfect pursuits of all related stakeholders.
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The newest tyre tender from the FIA and Formulation 1 again in 2018 was for the provision of a 13-inch tyre in the course of the 2020 season, adopted by three consecutive seasons of 18-inch tyres from 2021 to 2023 inclusive.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which additionally disrupted the 2020 Formulation 1 season, obliged the FIA and Formulation 1 to implement emergency measures that included the cancellation of tyre improvement assessments final yr and the postponement of deliberate new technical laws – which included 18-inch tyres – from 2021 to 2022. Consequently, the present guidelines now state that 13-inch tyres will probably be used in the course of the 2021 season, with a transfer to 18-inch tyres in 2022.
Stefano Domenicali, Formulation 1 President and Chief Govt Officer:
“The pandemic precipitated disruption internationally and Formulation 1 was not immune from that. We, due to this fact, took the mandatory measures final yr to defer the laws by one yr to 2022. We’re very pleased with our partnership with Pirelli and grateful to them for his or her constructive method to this timing change. Pirelli could be very aware of the strategic function that the tyres have in F1 and we all know that they’re working very arduous to make it possible for their merchandise will signify the perfect stability between efficiency and sturdiness within the new technological context. We stay up for the beginning of the 2021 season and we’re all excited in regards to the new vehicles and new 18-inch tyres to hit the observe beneath the brand new laws in 2022.”
Jean Todt, FIA President:
“I wish to thank Formulation 1 and Pirelli for his or her collaboration, flexibility and dedication to our sport throughout this most troublesome interval. COVID-19 has introduced us with important challenges throughout all features of our companies, however by working collectively in a wise, pragmatic means, we have now been in a position to make sure that the long run stability and energy of Formulation 1 stays undiminished. The shift to 18” wheels and tyres will definitely present a extra thrilling picture for Formulation 1 vehicles, however it has additionally introduced a major technical problem requiring lots of funding and improvement on behalf of Pirelli as they proceed to ship tyres that may carry out on the highest degree. In mild of this, and the mandatory postponement of the brand new laws on account of the pandemic, it’s only logical to increase the provision of tyres accordingly”.
Marco Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli Govt Vice Chairman and CEO:
“The world of motorsport has additionally needed to withstand the difficulties attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic, however the FIA and FOM did a unprecedented job to organise a 17-race championship in 2020. We’re clearly happy to have reached this settlement that may prolong our presence on the pinnacle of world motorsport till 2024. Pirelli has been alongside Formulation 1 for greater than 70 years, for the reason that very first race in 1950, and the corporate continues to put money into the best technological ranges of analysis and improvement, as proven by the introduction of 18-inch tyres from subsequent yr. Motorsport kinds a part of our DNA and Formulation 1 represents an open-air laboratory that enables us to use the know-how gained on observe into our street automotive tyres, beginning off with the Extremely Excessive-Efficiency vary that equips essentially the most prestigious vehicles on the planet”.