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Pirelli to remain exclusive tyre partner to F1 until 2024

Pirelli is set to remain as the exclusive tyre partner to Formula 1 until 2024, having agreed a one-year extension with the FIA.

The Italian tyre maker has been supplying 13-inch tyres to F1 since 2018, but new regulations mean Pirelli will supply 18-inch tyres from 2022.

The disruption caused by Covid-19 to the 2020 season meant the FIA and Formula 1 had to implement emergency measures that included the cancellation of tyre development tests and the postponement of planned new technical regulations – which included 18-inch tyres – from 2021 to 2022.

As a result, the current rules now state that 13-inch tyres will be used during the 2021 season, with a move to 18-inch tyres in 2022.

Stefano Domenicali, F1 president and CEO commented: “The pandemic caused disruption across the world and Formula 1 was not immune from that. We therefore took the necessary measures last year to defer the regulations by one year to 2022.

“We are very proud of our partnership with Pirelli and grateful to them for their constructive approach to this timing change.

“Pirelli are very conscious of strategic role that the tyres have in F1 and we know that they are working very hard to make sure that their products will represent the best balance between performance and durability in the new technical context.

“We look forward to the start of the 2021 season and we are all excited for the new cars and new 18-inch tyres to hit the track under the new regulations in 2022.”