Pirelli ready to bid for new F1 contract
By Alan Baldwin
MONACO (Reuters) - Pirelli will seek to extend their Formula One tire contract from 2017 provided they are happy with the regulations and costs are affordable, chief executive Marco Tronchetti Provera said on Saturday.
Formula One's governing body issued a tender this week for a sole supplier from 2017-19.
"We intend to stay if the regulations are the ones we agree upon, and if the costs are affordable, and the guarantees we want to have in the contracts are accepted," the Italian told reporters at the Monaco Grand Prix.
"We want a regulation similar to the one today. The tests will be done properly in order to have the best product available, and then we are ready to help create more emotions, but only with the highest level of safety."
Tronchetti Provera said he was against a proposal to allow teams a free choice of dry tire compounds to use during the race weekend from next year but suggested there could be a satisfactory compromise.
"We have to provide a guarantee of the product. I think the responsibility to choose the tires remains, and has to remain, in our hands because we don’t want our tires not to be used properly," he said.
"I think we can find a way to provide safe tires, giving also some flexibility. But the basic choice of the tires has to be made by us."
Pirelli have not given details of any compromise but there has been speculation they could increase the range of compounds from four to six. Continued...