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Pirelli On The Verge Of Becoming Solo Tyre Supplier For 2011

Pirelli, the Italian tyre manufacturer is said to be on the verge of confirming a deal with the organisers and teams of Formula One to become the new single tyre supplier to the sport starting next season.

The rubber manufacturer has thrown its hat into the gauntlet to take over from bridgestone when their contract ends this season.  Michelin is the other front runner, but they want to bring about large technical changes to the size of tyres and rims which was unpopular with the teams, drivers and most importantly Bernie Ecclestone.

Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera told Gazzetta dello Sport: “We’ll see, there is this hypothesis. By Friday we should know something.”

They are likely to become the solo tyre manufacturer until 2013 when they would still be allowed to supply, but there would be the opportunity for a rival to set up creating a tyre war.

“I think that Pirelli has a very big tradition in motorsport,” Mario Isola of Pirelli told Autosport Magazine a couple of weeks ago.

“We have been involved in motorsport for more than 100 years. In all our story, we showed that we have the technical ability to build motorsport tyres – also in the past with F1, with WRC recently as the sole supplier contract.

“In that case, it was not easy because there were some teams that had never used our tyres, they started in an unknown situation so we showed that we were able to build and develop a tyre that was consistent and reliable. I think the teams recognise that we have the ability to do it.”

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