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Pirelli

Vasseur details 'challenges' facing potential new F1 tyre supplier

The tyre tender process drew the interest of Bridgestone with incumbent Pirelli also bidding.

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Ferrari boss Frederic Vasseur has pointed out two of the challenges facing Bridgestone, should it secure the Formula 1 tyre tender for 2025.

The Japanese company, who pulled out of F1 ahead of the 2011 season to allow Pirelli to come in, was interested in taking on the sole supply from the 2025 campaign, but looks set to be rejected with Pirelli staying on.

This has yet to be formally announced, with Vasseur believing the upcoming 2026 technical regulation changes where there will be a significant increase in torque from the new power units is a big obstacle for a new supplier.

Vasseur' challenge

"Technically, I think that it's true that it's quite challenging," Vasseur told media including RacingNews365.

"We are speaking about one type of tyre for 2025 and probably another one for 2026.

"It means that you will have to develop two different tyres or construction or perhaps dimensions in the next two or three years.

"You also doing the junior series (Formula 2 and Formula 3)and so it means that it's a very, very large [challenge].

"I don't know if it's too late, it's not my job, but it's a challenge."

McLaren's Andrea Stella also waded in, believing that time was running out for any newcomer.

"In terms of timing, I would say that for us as teams it’s not a problem," he said.

"But seen from a tyre manufacturer's point of view, it looks like it's getting tight so hopefully we'll see the decision soon."

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