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GP Week : Issue 230
BACK IN ChARGe Bernie Ecclestone has resumed his position on the Formula 1 board after standing down during corruption court proceedings in Germany. BRINGING The fuN BACK Drivers are in favour of a fan-friendly event on Friday’s following Russia’s wash out, pointing to the MotoGP mini bike race in Motegi as an example of what could be possible. DIGGING DeeP Resurfacing work has begun at the Hungaroring, finally replacing the ageing track surface. Much of the circuit is unchanged from when the circuit was laid in the 1980s, making it some 30 years old. The new surface will be ready ahead of the 2016 Grand Prix. IN fOCus Bernie Ecclestone quashed suggestions Mercedes was deliberately kept out of the Japanese GP broadcast. “If you look at the figures I think nearly all the teams got more or less the same amount of coverage," he said. MAThs NOT AlONsO's sTRONG POINT Fernando Alonso celebrated his 250th grand prix in Russia, only problem was it was only his 248th start. Technically he didn’t start the 2005 United States or 2001 Belgian Grands Prix. 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news BrieFly bernie confirms pirelli until 2019 Pirelli is set to remain in formula 1 until the end of 2019 after Bernie ecclestone confirmed to Martin Brundle that a new deal had been struck. The current tyre supply deal was set to expire at the end of 2016, with a tender for the three years to 2019 opened earlier this season. Pirelli and Michelin are both understood to have submitted applications, with the Italian company the preferred supplier. As part of the deal, it's believed there will be as many as 18 test days next season as Pirelli works to develop its 2017 tyres which are expected to be wider than they are currently. It's also thought the sport will move to 18" wheels, up from the current 13", as were demonstrated by Brundle over the Monaco weekend and previously tested by Lotus. For the moment the only confirmation of the deal is a very public handshake agreement between Bernie Ecclestone and Marco Tronchetti Provera, broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 on the Sochi grid, though the commercial deal is understood to have been signed. The deal still needs to be finalised by the FIA, but that is little more than a case of rubber-stamping Pirelli as the exclusive tyre supplier for another three seasons. Ecclestone has long been a supporter of Pirelli's despite much of the controversy surrounding tyres in recent years for the company which returned to Formula 1 in 2011. By the end of its next contract it will have supplied the sport for nine years.