By Alex Kapadia
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner believes that Pirelli will be a positive addition to Formula One if they are confirmed as the next official tyres supplier to the sport later this weekend.
It is widely anticipated that a deal with the Italian tyres manufacturer is expected to be confirmed at some point during this weekends Turkish Grand Prix.
Horner said: “I think Pirelli will be really positive for F1.
“They are a quality company, they are a good brand to have in F1 and I think it is good news for F1. It is also really a good quantity of tyres they are looking at supplying and we are looking forward to working with them.
“Like with Bridgestone, we expect everyone to have parity in terms of supply and equipment – and that is the big advantage of a standard supplier. Doing that enables teams such as Red Bull to be competitive with teams like Ferrari, McLarens and Mercedes.
“To be honest, I think it is just a matter of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. Pirelli has made a very good offer, it is down to Bernie to do his bit now and get on with it.”
The Red Bull team principal also said that he would support the notion that teams should have at least one test day on the new rubber before the end of the year.
“It would be great to have a tyre test,” he said. “It would be useful for the design of next year’s car and winter preparations.”