Pirelli to Exclusively Supply WRC till 2010
The FIA has announced that Pirelli has won the tender to be the official tyre supplier to the 2008, 2009 and 2010 FIA World Rally Championships. It will now enter into a formal contract to supply tyres in all events of the Championship to all competitors with a four-wheel drive rally car (as defined in the International Sporting Code). After leaving the series last season, Pirelli representatives refused to rule out re-entry into the series, suggesting that supply was always a possibility.
However, the news that the team will exclusively supply the series has been reported as a surprise by some commentators. Some have even gone as far as suggesting that the decision, which was made at an extraordinary meeting of the FIA in Paris, was a slap in the face to Michelin. .