The World Rally Championship (WRC) will have a new tyre supplier from 2025 onwards after Pirelli decided against continuing its contract.
- Pirelli says it has ‘achieved the targets set three years ago’ in the contract
- Autosport reports that Michelin and Indian manufacturer MRF will submit bids
Pirelli took over the WRC tyre tender from long-time supplier Michelin in 2021, but the Italian brand has decided against continuing its four-year relationship.
Pirelli said in a statement: ‘Pirelli has not submitted its candidature to supply the FIA [International Automobile Federation] World Rally Championship from 2025-2027. As a result, the Italian firm will conclude its partnership as a single supplier to the WRC in 2024, having achieved the targets set three years ago at the start of the current contact.’
The successful applicant is expected to be announced on 19th October, and the tyre tender will cover a three-year period between 2025 and 2027.