By Alex Kapadia
It could be weeks before Formula One decides who is going to supply its tyres for the start of the next season, according to Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti.
The Italian tyres manufacturer is still believed to be the front-runner in the race to take over from the departing Bridgeston as the sports sole supplier, but the selection has been tortuously slow.
F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone left Turkey frustrated that a decision was delayed after Michelin executives pulled out all the stops for a final push.
With the F1 circus heading to Canada for the next race in the season, it is clear that yet another race weekend will be dominated by the discussions about tyres.
However, Tronchetti has said: “The decision will be taken soon. It’s a question of weeks, not months.”
While FIA President Jean Todt also indicated to French newspaper Le Parisien that the process of selecting Bridgestone’s successor still has some road to run.
“It [the FIA] will soon launch a tender, with the commercial promoter of the championship, Bernie Ecclestone,” he said. “FOTA may suggest that it decides, but the strong man is not he who speaks the loudest.”