Apparently, Pirelli have moved into pole position in the race to clinch the deal to supply tyres to Formula One from 2011.
Although a meeting of the Technical Working Group did not result in a decision about who will take over from Bridgestone tyres at the end of the season, the rumour mill is still in over-drive.
According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, Pirelli is definitely the favourite for the contract, even though recent rumours suggested both the Italian manufacturer and contract-rivals Michelin were offering to supply tyres for 1.5m euros per team.
The magazine also reported earlier this week that representatives of Pirelli met with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.
Earlier this month it emerged that Avon and late-runner Kumha had fallen on the wayside in the race to secure the contract. And Bridgestone also put paid once and for all to rumours that they could be tempted to stay with the sport.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team