FIA announces a WRC tyre tender for 2025

FIA will launch a tender for the tyre suppliers as the contract with Pirelli Motorsport is set to be expired at the end of 2024.

Pirelli Motorsport signed a contract with FIA to supply tyres the WRC and WRC2 teams from 2021 to 2024 as the Italian brand won the tender against its rivals back in 2019. Michelin was the previous tyre supplier in World Rally Championship as it managed to renew its agreement with FIA three times, but they decided not continue in the sport after the end of 2021. The applicants have to present their tyres until September 15 and FIA will announce the official tyre supplier for World Rally Championship on October 19 (the deal will last three years, from 2025 to 2027). The potential tyre suppliers must present a minimum of two variants of gravel and tarmac tyres, a snow tyre and a tarmac winter tyre - one with studs and another without studs.

"Tenderers should also demonstrate that their products have the highest resistance to punctures and can offer a high level of sporting strategic capability allowing various number of compound strategies", FIA stated.

"The story of tyres in WRC has to be about the strategy choices and how the tyres are crucial to performance due to the ever-changing conditions and not about tyre puncture or excessive tyre wear causing teams to lose performance.

"There also should be a clear differential between wet and dry tyres and should be easy to see if a driver has taken the wrong tyre and is therefore gambling with performance.

"The performance of WRC is currently at a very high level and the FIA invites the tenderers to propose innovative ways to keep the ‘show’ of the sport but look to improve overall safety".


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