Pirelli may yet supply tyres in 2011

Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli are rumoured to have entered the competition to supply tyres to Formula One for next season.

After Bridgestone announced their withdrawal on economic grounds, a number of potential suppliers have been mooted, including Avon-Cooper and ex-F1 tyre maker Michelin.

And following a board meeting in Milan yesterday, Pirelli are now thought to be interested, although they are reported to want an increase in tyre diameter and a clear business plan.

Pirelli’s chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera is quoted as saying by Milan daily Il Giornale that if those conditions can be met, Pirelli would “look into this [F1] world with greater attention”.