Pirelli staying with current F1 tyre rules for 2011

Pirelli will supply four different dry tyre compounds to Formula One teams in 2011, the Italian company has announced. It was confirmed by the FIA on Wednesday that Milan based Pirelli will succeed the departing Bridgestone as F1's new supplier...

Pirelli will supply four different dry tyre compounds to Formula One teams in 2011, the Italian company has announced.

It was confirmed by the FIA on Wednesday that Milan based Pirelli will succeed the departing Bridgestone as F1's new supplier until 2013.

It had been expected that - unlike at present with Bridgestone offering super-soft, soft, medium and hard compounds - Pirelli's compounds would number just three.

But Pirelli has confirmed that on offer in 2011 will be four dry weather tyres, plus a full wet tyre and an intermediate.

"Following current Formula One regulations laid down by .. the FIA, the new contract ensures that Pirelli will provide teams with six different types of tyre for the season," read a statement.

It is believed the reason the "current" rules are remaining unchanged is due to the long delay in the appointment of Bridgestone's successor.

The F1 teams recently agreed to commence the designs of their 2011 cars on the basis of Bridgestone's 2010-specification tyre.

Also postponed is the touted move from the current 13-inch wheels to a much lower profile.

But Pirelli said "research into innovative new tyre developments is a vital part of this exciting programme".

The company will also supply GP2 and GP3.

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