The FIA and Formula 1 have proposed, and Pirelli has accepted, a one-year extension of the existing exclusive tire supply contract to reflect the original intention of the 2018 tire tender “and remain within the overall technical framework, which it is of benefit to all the interested parties ”, they assure.
The most recent FIA and Formula 1 tire tender, back in 2018, was for the supply of a 13-inch tire during the 2020 season, followed by three consecutive seasons of 18-inch tires from 2021 to 2023 inclusive.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which also disrupted the 2020 Formula 1 season, forced the FIA and Formula 1 to implement emergency measures that included the cancellation of tire development tests last year and the postponement of the new technical regulations foreseen -which included 18-inch tires- from 2021 to 2022. As a result, the current regulation establishes that 13-inch tires will be used during the 2021 season, and that they will be changed to 18-inch ones in 2022 .
“The pandemic caused disruption around the world and Formula 1 was not immune to it. So last year we took the necessary steps to postpone the regulation for one year, until 2022. We are very proud of our partnership with Pirelli and we thank them for their constructive approach to this calendar change, ”says the new F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali.
“Pirelli is very aware of the strategic role that tires have in F1 and we know that they are working very hard to ensure that their products represent the best balance between performance and durability in the new technical context. We are looking forward to the 2021 season and we are all excited about the new cars and the new 18-inch tires that will hit the track with the new regulations in 2022 ”.
For his part, the President of the FIA, Jean Todt, said the tire size change represented a major technical challenge and investment for Pirelli. “COVID-19 has presented us with significant challenges in all aspects of our business, but by working together sensibly and pragmatically, we have been able to ensure that the long-term strength and stability of Formula 1 remains intact.”
“The switch to 18” wheels and tires will undoubtedly provide a more exciting image for Formula 1 cars, but it has also been a significant technical challenge that requires a lot of investment and development from Pirelli to continue to supply tires that perform. at the highest level. In view of this, and the necessary postponement of the new regulations as a consequence of the pandemic, it is logical that the supply of tires be expanded accordingly ”.