By Alex Kapadia
Formula One failed to reach a final decision about a new tyres supplier for the 2011 season after a series of meetings in Monaco yesterday.
However, the race has narrowed down to two serious contenders for the role of supplying the sport with tyres, according to the Ferrari boss.
Stefano Domenicali indicated that Avon-Cooper and Bridgestone are no longer in the running to supply Formula One tyres next year.
“It will probably take another week,” the Italian is quoted by Germany’s Motorsport-Magazin.com. “Perhaps next weekend.”
Avon was among those who have submitted formal proposals, and in recent days the teams have been pushing Bridgestone to reconsider its decision not to seek a new contract as the sport’s official sole supplier.
However, Domenicali revealed: “There are only two possibilities; Michelin and Pirelli.”
The latest meeting was held on Sunday morning, with team bosses discussing solid proposals made by Michelin, Avon and Pirelli, amid reports Bridgestone might be persuaded to stay.
According to the BBC, FOTA’s technical chief Ross Brawn said Pirelli’s proposal is a viable one. “We’ve had a good proposal from Pirelli which we’re looking into seriously,” he said.
It is believed a final decision is likely to be reached within the next few days after another scheduled meeting.