Pirelli Tire plans to supply tires to Formula One for a three-year period between 2011-2013. The company’s program includes the creation of a dedicated team for the development and production of Formula One tires. The team consists of engineers and researchers who have accumulated experience at the highest levels of motorsport: creating winning products for rallying, Superbike, the Rolex Sports Car Series in North America and GT racing, as well as various one-make series.
In order to meet the Formula One teams’ requirements in terms of reliability, safety and performance, Pirelli’s engineers are already working on simulation models and tire compounds that will be most suited to the rigors of Grand Prix racing.
The Pirelli Formula One team will be an international group of people based in Milan, the home of Pirelli’s research and development department. This division has traditionally been at the heart of Pirelli’s cutting-edge technology and is formed of 1000 research engineers, working in five development centers located all over the world. Pirelli Tire allocates each year between 3 and 4% of its revenues to research.
The Formula One tires will be produced in the motorsport department of Pirelli’s Izmit factory in Turkey, which is entirely dedicated to competition tires.
As established by the FIA, the Pirelli Formula One supply agreement includes development of six different types of tires for the whole season. Four of those tires will be slick– with different compounds to suit various dry asphalt surfaces – and one will be a rain tire, for heavy precipitation. Finally there will be an intermediate tire, for damp conditions and light rain.