FIA Confirms Pirelli as New F1 Tire Supplier

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has today confirmed that Pirelli will become the next sole tire supplier of the Formula One championship. The Italian company will therefore take over from Japanese manufacturer Bridgestone and will remain committed to the series from 2011 until 2013 included (three years).

Pirelli has been selected as the single tyre supplier for the FIA Formula One World Championship for a period of three years, commencing in 2011. The sole supplier will undertake to strictly respect the sporting and technical regulations implemented by the FIA,” red the FIA statement.

Also, in the wake of several ambiguities in the FIA rulebook regarding safety car, fuel draining and qualifying rules, the ruling body confirmed new regulations for the 2011 season of Formula One.

With immediate effect, no car may overtake until it has passed the first safety car line for the first time when the safety car is returning to the pits. However, if the safety car is still deployed at the beginning of the last lap, or is deployed during the last lap, it will enter the pit lane at the end of the lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking,” said the FIA in regards to safety car rules.

From 2011, any driver whose best qualifying lap exceeds 107% of the fastest Q1 qualifying time will not be allowed to take part in the race. Under exceptional circumstances, however, which may include setting a suitable lap time in a free practice session, the stewards may permit the car to start the race. Should there be more than one driver accepted in this manner, the grid order will be determined by the stewards.”

With immediate effect, if a sample of fuel is required after a practice session the car concerned must have first been driven back to the pits under its own power,” concluded the FIA.

Additionally, the ruling body confirmed that the minimum weight of the car must not be less than 640 kg at all times during a Formula One event.

From 2011, adjustable bodywork may be activated by the driver at any time prior to the start of the race and, for the sole purpose of improving overtaking opportunities during the race, after the driver has completed two laps. The driver may only activate the adjustable bodywork in the race when he has been notified via the control electronics that it is enabled. It will only be enabled if the driver is less than one second behind another at any of the pre-determined positions around each circuit,” further added the FIA, regarding driver adjustable bodywork from 2011 onwards.

The system will be disabled the first time the driver uses the brakes after the system has been activated. The FIA may, after consulting all the competitors, adjust the time proximity in order to ensure the purpose of the adjustable bodywork is met,” concluded the ruling body.
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