Pirelli look set to remain in F1 beyond 2013

Marco Tronchetti Provera (ITA), President of the Pirelli Group. Pirelli 2012 Pre-Season Launch, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, Wednesday 25 January 2012.

Marco Tronchetti Provera

Reports have emerged suggesting that Pirelli is closer to inking a deal to stay in Formula 1 beyond 2013, following a meeting in Monaco.

After Paul Hembery warned that Pirelli could quit Formula 1 due to the delayed negotiations, Spain’s AS sports newspaper reports that Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera met with Bernie Ecclestone.

“We are approaching the conditions (to sign),” Provera said, “so we’ll see.

“The fact is that Bernie is happy with us and also our company is still interested in the Formula 1 project, so I hope we can get to an agreement soon and all will be well,” he added.

Tronchetti Provera said he is proud of Pirelli’s contribution to the sport so far.

“We were asked to add more ‘show’ to the races, and I think the races are better now than before our arrival, so I think in that sense we have succeeded,” he insisted.

As for the controversy caused by Pirelli’s heavily degrading compounds in 2013, he explained: “We have developed the tyres with a car several years old, and with not enough days of testing.”

Meanwhile, it seems Pirelli will introduce some changes to its tyre design for Canada in two weeks after all, despite the opposition of some teams, including Force India.

“I did it like the old days,” Bernie Ecclestone is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “I told the teams that they should be united.

“Pirelli will modify its tyres as planned,” the Formula 1 chief executive revealed.

  • anything but pirelli

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  • Matthias O’keeffe

    Nooooooo!!!!! I want them out of the sport… They don’t deserve to be here…

  • Formula One is a joke now

    So the teams who worked out their cars to the current tires will now get penalized for being smarter and working harder to figure out the current tire.

    Bernie needs to go as does Mercedes and Pirelli.

    They are truly the three stooges.

  • conservancy@MHR

    … Pirelli just got caught, red-handed, playing politics with Formula 1. Oldest trick in the book, divide and conquer, probing the limit of F1’s cohesiveness, in a gambit to weaken FIA’s hold over Formula 1, Paul Hembery just got caught with his hands in the cookie jar, luring Daimler-Mercedes into breaking FIA’s international test ban treaty — asj.

  • Georgie Boy

    Pirelli are actually worse than the current DRS regulations and I can’t believe I’m saying that as a Pirelli employee.

  • NOMOREPIRELLI

    BRING BACK THE TYRE WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!