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Pirelli now looking at F1 return

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Pirelli has admitted that it could perform a U-turn on supplying tyres to Formula One next season if rival Michelin's demands for 18-inch wheels are accepted by the governing body.

The French company made the request for F1 to do away with its current 13-inch diameter last week, claiming that it would be more cost-effective to provide similar tyres to its sportscar programme, and Pirelli has now picked up on this, backing up Michelin's belief that the change would also have more relevance to their respective road car products.

Having not seen a viable replacement for Bridgestone on the horizon since the Japanese giant announced that it was ending its participation at the culmination of the current season, Michelin's emergence as a contender - and rumoured favourite among FOTA members - has also prompted Cooper/Avon and, now, Pirelli to come into the open. Cooper confirmed on Wednesday that it had been approached about a possible supply, and was in talks, while Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera has admitted that the Italian concern may also be open to changing its minds, having initially denied an interest in returning to the top flight for the first time since 1992.

While the Cooper/Avon 'bid' is expected to be cheaper and, therefore, more beneficial to the teams - and may also find favour if it does not insist on a change in wheel dimension - Pirelli could provide the 'tyre war' element that Michelin also suggested would be favourable to its involvement.

"This is something we have been pushing for for years," Tronchetti told Italian news agency i>ANSA, "These two factors are very interesting, even if there is nothing concrete as yet. However, should change go in this direction, we would consider a return to F1."
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Pirelli interested in Formula 1?

...The two manufacturers also agree that they should be paid for their tires.

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Pirelli interested in Formula 1?

The Milan daily Il Giornale reports that Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera, after a shareholder's meeting Wednesday, said that if some conditions for providing tires to Formula 1 changed Pirelli would look into this (F1) world with greater attention.

Pirelli agrees with Michelins proposal to increase the diameter of F1 tires to fit 18 inch wheels as this has technical relevance to road tires. The two manufacturers also agree that they should be paid for their tires.

There has been some resistance from the F1 teams related to financial issues. A tire size increase from 13 to 18 inches would require an expensive redesign of suspensions and presently Bridgestone supplies all the F1 teams tires at no cost while spending an estimated 120 millions dollar per year on its F1 program.

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A bit more info on the complexities of changing from 13" to 18" wheels !
BBC Sport - F1 - Two companies in frame to supply 2011 Formula 1 tyres

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Losing 5 inches of sidewall is a huge amount. Anyone who has done a plus 1 or plus 2 conversion will attest to that. Imagine doing a plus 5!

That having been said, it does seem that the suspension would be more precise relying less on the ever changing sidewall flex during a race. It offers the opportunity to have a more consistent suspension thoughout the race.

And it will look much more modern to lose those gumballs!
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Well, they may end up with those completely idiotic 18" rims, you know the kind homey has and keeps getting flats with.

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