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According to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, there may be a so-called ‘tender’ for the ‘new’ tire supplier from 2025, but according to him Formula 1 should simply stay with Pirelli, even though the Italian tire manufacturer has received heavy criticism several times in recent years.
“Pirelli is a great company and I am sure they are very generous in their tender to the promoter and the teams,” said Horner. “And you know, we’d like to continue with them. There are a million reasons why we would like to continue with Pirelli.”
Horner mainly refers to the financially attractive contract that Pirelli has with F1 and the teams.
“You know, they’re a great tire company, they give us great service and hopefully those million reasons like I said will continue to be there in the future.”
Ferrari team boss Frederic Vasseur also agrees with Christian Horner, but according to Vasseur it goes further than the financial aspect. After all, the new tire supplier awaits the challenge of supplying tires for Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 3 and F1 Academy.
“It’s not just the millions of reasons,” Vasseur said. “More seriously, and especially technically, I think it’s a serious challenge. After all, we are talking about one type of tire for 2025 and probably another tire for 2026.”
“It means that two different tire constructions and possibly other dimensions will have to be developed over the next two or three years. And as Mario Isola said, you also have to do the junior series so it is really a big challenge.”
“I don’t know if it’s too late (for another supplier), it’s not my job, but it’s a challenge.”