Pirelli have announced their intention to continue on as the official tyre supplier to Formula 1 for the 2025 season onwards, with the sport having recently put out a tender inviting applicants for the deal.
The Italian manufacturer took over from Bridgestone in supplying Formula 1’s tyres from 2011, when they were initially brought in on a remit of creating tyres which would degrade more quickly than their predecessors, prompting more pit-stops and a variety of strategies as a result.
The working relationship between Pirelli and Formula 1 has now been established for more than a decade, with the tyre manufacturer most recently overseeing the sport’s change onto 18-inch wheels and the introduction of a sixth dry compound for the 2023 season.
But with their contract up at the end of next season, Formula 1 has invited applications for tyre suppliers for the 2025 season onwards, which would encompass the Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships as well.
Now that the technical aspects of the tyres have been outlined, the sport’s current supplier have confirmed their interest in continuing their current arrangement – with an overall decision over a bid to come in due course.
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In a statement published on Wednesday morning, Pirelli said: “The FIA has now published the invitation to participate in the next tender process for the supply of tyres to the top single-seater championships – FIA Formula One World Championship, Formula 2 and Formula 3 – for the three year period from 2025-2027 (with an option for 2028).
“The document outlines technical characteristics that are broadly in line with the tyres used today and their relevance to technology transfer from track to road, putting a particular emphasis on sustainability.
“The framework described by the FIA is closely aligned to Pirelli’s motorsport strategy and so is of great interest, with the Italian company having been Global Tyre Partner to the sport for more than a decade, since 2011.
“A definitive decision about Pirelli’s participation in the selection process will naturally be taken after a detailed examination of the FIA’s document.”