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Pirelli to continue 13-inch tyre supply to F1 teams

Despite the 13-inch tyre era coming to an end, there's still plenty of demand for them. With Pirelli recently stopping production, discussions are underway to continue the supply in light of the demand.

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Formula 1's switch to 18-inch tyres for 2022 means that the old 13-inch tyres are no longer in use by any of the teams for racing purposes.

With Pirelli's tyre testing programme moving entirely to 18-inch tyres, it means that planned production of the older 13-inch tyres has come to a halt. But that doesn't mean the demand for the increasingly scarce tyres has dried up just yet.

The 13-inch tyres will likely be needed by teams for some time, given that they often carry out private tests with older cars with junior drivers, as well as promotional events.

For example, this week, Ferrari and AlphaTauri are carrying out tests at Maranello and Imola respectively.

Ferrari are using the 2018 SF71-H, with AlphaTauri using their 2020 AT01. This means that, for the likes of these tests, the 13-inch tyres are still required.

Discussions underway to continue a small supply for F1

RacingNews365.com has learned that talks are underway between the F1 teams and Pirelli to continue a small supply of the 13-inch tyres for the foreseeable future.

Pirelli have confirmed to RacingNews365.com that, for occasions such as the tests by AlphaTauri and Ferrari, they will supply 13-inch tyres designated specifically for 'Driver Academy' testing purposes.

Pirelli's intent is to produce 13-inch tyres on demand, based on the requests made by the teams – meaning there is not a fixed quantity being kept in stock.

This would ensure a stable supply of suitable tyres for testing purposes such as these older car tests, as well as promotional days. There include events such as demonstration runs that teams (such as Red Bull) host at locations around the world, filming days for sponsors, and any track time the teams decide to do using older cars.

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