Pirelli extends GP2, GP3 supply deal
18 September 2013 – Pirelli has announced that it will remain as the sole tyre supplier to the GP2 and GP3 series in the coming seasons, having inked an extended deal with organisers prior to the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.
The Italian manufacturer has supplied rubber to the GP3 series since its inception in 2010, and took over the GP2 contract from Bridgestone in 2011. Both feeder categories enjoy strong links to Formula 1, with GP2 drivers running identical compounds to those in the top echelon in order to help them become accustomed to the demands of the tyre.
"We're delighted to continue supplying our tyres to both the GP2 and GP3 championships, which have proved to be an effective ladder of opportunity for those wishing to compete at the top levels of motorsport," said Pirelli's Motorsport Director Paul Hembrey. "It is the perfect training ground and we've already witnessed several drivers progress up the ranks to compete in Formula 1, which just goes to show how important these championships are.
"GP2 and GP3 also allow drivers to learn how to deal with important issues such as tyre management on some of the world's most challenging and famous race circuits. The competitive edge in both championships has been evident throughout the season with a record number of different race winners."
He concluded: "There is no doubt that GP2 and GP3 will continue to form an integral step in any racing career, and we look forward to continuing to work with some of the world's most promising drivers in the years to come."
The announcement suggests that Pirelli is close to securing a new contract with the FIA to supply Formula 1 tyres from 2014 onwards.