Following a difficult year, Pirelli have been confirmed as Formula One’s tire supplier for the 2014 world championship, extending the Italian manufacturer’s stay in the sport into a fourth year.
The beginning of the year saw Pirelli come under fire for creating a tire that was (to some teams) too aggressive, meaning that drivers could not push for more than a few laps. However, the crisis worsened at the British Grand Prix following a series of tire failures that appeared to threaten the safety of the drivers. In response, Pirelli re-introduced the constructions used in 2012, ensuring that the drivers would not suffer a repeat of the events at Silverstone in the rest of the season.
“The WMSC today confirmed that Pirelli may continue to supply tires to competitors in the FIA F1 World Championship, subject to the requisite technical and safety standards of the FIA being met,” a statement from the FIA read.
However, all chances of a second supplier joining the sport have been extinguished with the FIA confirming that they were seeking a single supplier for tires and – interestingly – fuel.
“One of the noteworthy aspects of the new 2013 Concorde Agreement is the new tender procedure for appointing single suppliers in the tire and fuel categories, for the FIA F1 World Championship.
“In this new process, the FIA will be confirmed as the body in charge of conducting the tender process. The Commercial Rights Holder will be entitled to run the commercial negotiations with potential suppliers, with a view to the selected single supplier being officially appointed by the WMSC.”
With a decision now made for 2014, Pirelli will be able to push on with plans for next season in what looks set to be the most strenuous season yet due to a bumper calendar and a raft of new regulations.