Pirelli will remain the exclusive tyre supplier for F1 until the end of 2027 after a deal with FIA and Formula 1 was signed overnight.
For the first time, all F1 cars on the starting grid will use tyres certified by FSC, a significant push as F1 targets Net Zero by 2030.
The Pirelli P ZERO tyre, equipped with a BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid model, uses FSC-certified natural rubber, rayon, and other materials.
According to FSC International, six million smallholders worldwide are responsible for 80% of the world’s natural rubber production.
Pirelli took over from Bridgestone as the official tyre supplier and was in a bidding war over the highly lucrative contract.
The announcement comes just a few days after the FIA had to mandate a maximum of 18-lap stints in the Qatar GP due to tyre issues, as Pirelli identified a microscopic separation in the sidewall between the topping compound and the carcass cords.
The choice was rubber-stamped by the World Motor Sport Council, as reported by Autosport last week.
This time, the process was made more complicated by F2 and F3 being wrapped into a single package and by the requirement for the contenders to meet challenging sustainability targets.
In a media statement, FSC said its rubber plantation has increased within countries producing certified rubber, including Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Guatemala, whilst certified rubber is increasing in Vietnam, China and Colombia.
“Rubber is truly embedded in the automotive industry, and more companies must follow the movement towards sustainability through FSC certification, which confirms that forests are managed to strict environmental, social and economic standards,” according to Fabian Farkas, Chief Commercial Officer at FSC International.
If Pirelli is awarded the extra option season in 2028, the Italian company will have been F1’s sole supplier for 18 seasons.
It was previously reported that the new contract would be the last, although this was not addressed in the official statement.
According to Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Formula 1, “Pirelli has been an invaluable partner, supporting F1 through new generations of technology and technical regulations and delivering tyres to enable fantastic racing for our fans.”
“The company’s commitment to quality, innovation and their deep knowledge of our sport will be vital in the coming years as we approach our new regulations in 2026,” he said.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem stressed the role of sustainability in the decision.
“Pirelli has been operating at the top level of motorsport for many years, and I am sure that they will continue to deliver innovation and excellence on the world stage,” he said.
“F1 is a unique challenge for the tyre supplier, and Pirelli has demonstrated great commitment to producing tyres that meet the extreme demands of these incredible cars.”
“Work will continue in the coming years to take further strides in performance and sustainability, and Pirelli has made strong commitments to both of these targets.”
Formula 1 will return to racing with Pirelli rubber at the US Grand Prix on October 20-22.