“We are moving in the right direction”
Pirelli wants a new F1 deal to be signed and sealed within three months.
That is the claim of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, referring to the Italian marque’s expiring three-year contract as the sport’s official supplier. When launching the new F1 tyre range for 2013 this week, Pirelli chief Marco Tronchetti Provera confirmed that the marque wants to continue the “adventure” beyond this year.
Pirelli’s 2013 motorsport season gets underway
The latest evolution of the company’s Formula One tyres – the third in three years – and the new 17-inch tyre for Superbikes: a fresh direction for the highest profile championship derived from road bikes. Also presented were the latest range of 2013 products for more than 250 other championships that Pirelli is involved in – fewer than half of which are a single-make tyre supply – taking place in more than 40 countries all over the world from America to the Far East.
Pirelli has denied it works too closely in formula one with fellow Italian marque Ferrari.
“Nonsense,” the tyre supplier’s chief executive Marco Tronchetti Provera is quoted by La Repubblica newspaper. The question was put to him after Pirelli decided to soften the hardest compounds of its tyres ahead of the 2012 season.
Pirelli will officially launch its 2012 season later this month, according to the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.
Pirelli wants teams to get more wet tyres
Pirelli is targeting a “long term” presence in formula one, the Italian company’s president said in Turkey on Saturday. Marco Tronchetti Provera met at Istanbul Park with the formula one drivers and afterwards posed for a photograph, the BBC reported during morning practice.
“We are a company, not a flag.”
Pirelli boss Marco Tronchetti Provera has dismissed claims the Italian tyre marque might favour Ferrari this year. With Ferrari naming its 2011 car F150 in tribute of Italian unification and painting a tri-colour on the rear wing, the national link between the Maranello marque and Milan-based Pirelli had raised some fears among Ferrari’s rivals.
Mark Webber says his Red Bull team has a different view.
Red Bull does not share Ferrari’s view about the outcome of the recent European grand prix. Ferrari is still on the warpath about the Valencia stewards’ reaction to the safety car period, when Lewis Hamilton passed the AMG Mercedes but received only a drive-through penalty many laps later.
F1 teams to test Pirelli tyres in Abu Dhabi
Pirelli has played down suggestions the new F1 tyre supplier’s relationship with the FIA is already off to a bad start. Until Pirelli received the green light by the World Motor Sport Council, it is believed FIA president Jean Todt was favouring the return in 2011 of Michelin.
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