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Pirelli's F1 tyre-supplier contract extended to 2016

Italian company gets more testing for tyres

16 January, 14:32
Pirelli's F1 tyre-supplier contract extended to 2016 (ANSA) - Rome, January 16 - Pirelli's contract to be Formula One's sole tyre supplier has been extended by three years to run till the end of 2016, the sport's official website announced on Thursday.

The Italian company has been the sole tyre supplier to all the F1 teams since 2011.

Pirelli managed to get F1's regulation changes as part of the contract deal, as it was unhappy about the strictness of limitations on testing.

This caused difficulties for Pirelli last season, as the company was unable to get enough on-track data when there were problems early in the season and a number of tyres exploded at the British Grand Prix.

From the start of 2014 one of the 12 days of official pre-season testing will be dedicated exclusively to wet tyre testing. Furthermore, each team will have to dedicate one of their eight days of in-season testing exclusively to tyres. Pirelli introduced deliberately fast-wearing tyres to F1 in a bid to make F1 races more exciting by forcing teams to make several pit-stops.

The tyres have come under criticism at times from drivers who complained they sometimes performed unpredictably and forced them to cut speed to stop them wearing out after only a few laps.