The BRDC Formula 4 and F3 Cup championships have agreed new technical partnerships with motorsport’s premier tyre manufacturer Pirelli, it was announced on Thursday (8 January) at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham. All BRDC F4 cars will run on bespoke Pirelli P Zero tyres from 2015, with all F3 Cup cars running Pirelli P Zero F3 tyres, moving them to the same tyre supplier as the GP3, GP2, and F1 championships.
BRDC Formula 4 creator and promoter MSV selected Pirelli because of the proven excellence of its competition tyres and the comprehensive service it provides to teams. Pirelli will support the BRDC F4 Championship from the same facility in Didcot, Oxfordshire that coordinates its F1 tyre operations.
Pirelli’s F4 tyre is proven in competition and performed impressively in MSV’s evaluation tests, demonstrating high levels of grip, excellent handling characteristics with forgiving on-the-limit behaviour, and consistent performance throughout its extensive life.
MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer commented: “We are delighted to have reached this new agreement with Pirelli, a tyre maker many BRDC F4 drivers will work with again on their way up the single-seater career ladder. The P Zero tyre has demonstrated its excellence in our own tests and in open competition, and we’re confident that F4 teams will find Pirelli very professional to work with."
In 2015 F3 Cup will be the UK's only modern Formula 3 championship, and the performance and durability of the Pirelli P Zero F3 tyres has been proven testing in Europe and racing in the Brazilian F3 Championship, won in 2014 by Pedro Piquet, son of triple World Champion Nelson Piquet.
Pirelli tyres were selected by F3 Cup promoter MSVR, the race-organising division of MSV, for their high levels of grip and excellent durability. Compared with F3 Cup's previous tyre, they will also be offered at marginally lower cost - consistent with the series' role in providing cost-conscious and affordable racing in state-of-the-art Formula 3 single-seaters.
This new affiliation with motorsport's premier tyre manufacturer will also ensure excellent customer service for F3 Cup's participating teams, with Pirelli again providing support from their Didcot facility.
2015 promises to be a landmark year for F3 Cup, with newer cars, constructed up to 2011, now eligible, and a new race format which promises a closer title fight. Now with three races at most events, the F3 Cup season will take in the Brands Hatch and Silverstone Grand Prix circuits and a soon-to-be-announced European round, as well as visiting the Brands Hatch Indy, Oulton Park International, Snetterton 300, and Donington Park national circuits.