Pirelli beat Bridgestone to continue as F1’s tyre supplier

Pirelli will stay in Formula 1 until at least 2027 after being handed a new contract

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Pirelli will continue as Formula 1‘s sole tyre supplier after beating Bridgestone to a new contract that will run from 2025, it has been confirmed.

The new three-year deal runs from 2025 to 2027, with a one-year option for 2028. It means Pirelli will be the supplier for any changes F1 make from the 2026 season when new technical regulations are introduced.

Pirelli have been F1‘s tyre supplier since 2011, coincidentally taking over Bridgestone, but have been criticised during that period, most recently at the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix, when tyre limits were imposed due to safety concerns.

“Since returning to the sport in 2011 Pirelli has been an invaluable partner, supporting F1 through new generations of technology and technical regulations and delivering tyres to enable fantastic racing for our fans,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“The company’s commitment to quality, innovation and their deep knowledge of our sport will be vital in the coming years as we approach our new regulations in 2026 and the work Pirelli is focused on relating to sustainability, proven by the FSC certification, will ensure we continue to work together towards our shared Net Zero 2030 goal.”

Lance Stroll in action at the Qatar GP | Aston Martin

Sustainability key for Pirelli decision

The new contract also covers Formula 2 and Formula 3, so Pirelli will continue to supply both of F1‘s leading feeder series.

As Domenicali notes, sustainability was a big talking point in the negotiations which began in March 2023, as F1 aim to become net carbon zero by 2030.

“Thanks to the impetus from Liberty Media and the support of the FIA, the sport is enjoying an extraordinary period of growth both in terms of audience and global expansion, increasing its following among younger generations as well,” said Pirelli executive vice-president Marco Tronchetti Provera.

“Innovation and technology are locked into Pirelli‘s DNA, and F1 constitutes the ultimate open air laboratory to not only try out and test new technical solutions, but also to accelerate fresh research, development, and production processes in making tyres.

“Our commitment to sustainability is equally strong, as proved by the FSC certification that will be introduced to our F1 tyres from next year.

“Being at the forefront of motorsport’s pinnacle until at least 2027 adds another important value dimension to our company.”

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem added: “Pirelli has been operating at the top level of motor sport for many years and I am sure that they will continue to deliver innovation and excellence on the world stage,” he said.

F1 is a unique challenge for the tyre supplier, and Pirelli has demonstrated great commitment to producing tyres that meet the extreme demands of these incredible cars.

“Work will continue in the coming years to take further strides both in terms of performance and sustainability, and Pirelli have made strong commitments to both of these targets.”

John Smith
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