PIRELLI RETURNS TO GP RACING
Italian tire company Pirelli returns to single-seater racing for the first time since 1991. This is a precursor as it submits a tender to supply tires to all Formula One teams next season.
The FIA chose Pirelli to supply tires for the GP3 series. It's designed as a training formula for young and aspiring drivers, a stepping-stone to GP2 and a route to Formula One itself.
Pirelli has designed and developed a tire specifically for the Dallara-built GP3 Series car. With a 280hp two-liter turbo engine developed by Renault's F1 division, the tire will be subjected to extreme stress and strain throughout a weekend.
"We are delighted to be the official tire supplier to the inaugural GP3 Series," said Pirelli's Motorsport Director Paul Hembery. "Pirelli has a long and proud association with single-seater racing at different levels up to Formula One, and we are excited to be helping young drivers develop their skills at a crucial stage in their careers."
Pirelli recently announced its intention to tender for the Formula One tire supply contract from 2011 onwards. The Italian firm's last involvement in F1 ended after the 1991 season, following a victory for Nelson Piquet's Benetton-Ford at the Canadian Grand Prix.