The Italian tyre company Pirelli has said it would be open to and welcome a second tyre supplier in F1, bringing back a competition between tyre suppliers not seen since 2006 when Michelin and Bridgestone where in F1.
Pirelli has been F1’s sole tyre manufacturer since 2011 when it took over from Bridgestone. It also won a new deal to continue that trend until 2019 with Bernie Ecclestone choosing to stick with Pirelli over Michelin. This extends their supply to 9 years with potential to continue beyond that.
Whether a further extension would involve another supplier is yet to be seen. However Pirelli chairman ‘Marco Tronchetti Provera’ has said that “it is the teams willingness to retain a single supplier.”
Tronchetti also said “We race everywhere in the world, alone and against others. We like competition.
“When we race with the others, we win. We’re ready for any competition, with anybody.”
With regards to a second supplier pushing costs back up he said “It is quite expensive even without competition. But we have a lot of experience, we capitalise a lot of experience in the last few years.”
The global fan survey run by the Motorsport network found that around 70% of fans would back a multiple tyre suppliers in F1.