New Pirelli Formula 1 tyre supply deal to be for the next three years

Marco Tronchetti Provera with Paul Hembrey

Paul Hembery with Marco Tronchetti Provera 

Pirelli is close to finalising a new deal to continue supplying tyres in Formula 1 beyond the end of its 2013 contract.

However, while it was believed the new deal beginning in 2014 would last for five years, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that a contract of that length might run into legal trouble in the absence of an official tender.

So, Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera was quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport this week as saying: “We have asked for an exclusive agreement for three years.

“We are in the final stages now. There is no pressure, but we have a very close collaboration with the federation, because the tyres are used according to our instructions.”

Recently, both Tronchetti Provera and Pirelli’s Formula 1 chief Paul Hembery warned that the Italian marque could quit Formula 1 at the eleventh hour because of the teams’ reluctance to cooperate in tyre development and testing.

Tronchetti Provera said in Milan on Wednesday: “We expect it to be formalised that tests will be done with a 2013 car, and that tests may take place during the season.”

To Auto Motor und Sport, Hembery explained: “To prepare for the [pre-season] tests in Bahrain, we need tests in December and January with the 2013 cars.”

But at the moment, the rules forbid testing with 2013 cars. AM&S said that Mercedes top man Niki Lauda worked hard in Abu Dhabi to convince rival teams to help the sport’s tyre supplier.

“We need to help them if we want to prevent a repeat of the tyre dramas of this year,” said the great Austrian.

“It is in everybody’s interest. We will have a 2013 car ready for Pirelli when they want it, and the others should do the same,” added Lauda. (GMM)

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  • Go away Pirelli

    What good will testing with a 2013 car do for next years cars as they will be completely different.

    The only way to properly test for next years cars is to use next years cars. So any testing would have to be done during the pre season testing.

    Me thinks it is past time for Pirelli to just go away.

  • Lauda is a fool

    Niki Lauda is a fool. Of course Mercedes would love another test with their 2013 car. While the first illegal test of the 2013 Mercedes went a long ways to curing their problems at the detriment of the other teams it did not cure all the problems with their pig of a car.

    Mercedes is as big a disgrace as Pirelli is. But like they, “Birds of a feather flock together”.

  • MightyK

    WHAT !?!?!? How can this tire situation be allowed to continue at all ??

  • ZombieJebus

    Seriously, Pirelli have utterly failed to produce tyres that are fit for F1.

    Three more years of this is totally unacceptable! I suppose someone will have to die or be seriously injured before anything happens.

    And frankly the 2014 formula sucks something terrible already, and being stuck with Pirelli could be the final straw for me.

    In 30 years I haven’t missed a televised session, now i’m wondering why I care so much about a sport that doesn’t care about itself.