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GP Week : Issue 80
F1 NEWS >> PIRELLI has entered the race to become an F1 tyre supplier in 2011 and will present its proposal to the FIA and commercial rights holder Formula One Administration (FOA) before next weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. As reported by GPWEEK last week, Pirelli had already shown an interest in returning to Formula One as a result of moves towards an 18-inch wheel rim which will make F1's tyre technology more relevant to road cars and other racing series. "Pirelli communicates its decision to present a technical and commercial offer for supply of tyres to all the teams in the Formula One world championship," said Pirelli in a statement. "The company plans to present the bid toFIAandFOAby9May,thedateofthe next Formula One Grand Prix to be held in Spain." Pirelli's most recent F1 foray lasted between 1989 and 1991, but since then has refused to get involved due to the sport's highly specialised tyre profile. The move to 18-inch rims was first mooted by Michelin when it brought forward its proposal to replace Bridgestone last month and has now sparked the interst of other potential suppliers. Cooper Avon is also being strongly considered by F1's power brokers. Pirelli to bid for F1 tyre supply SILVERSTONE is hoping to become Formula One's fastest track when it hosts the British Grand Prix in July, after officially launching its new Arena Grand Prix layout last week. At the moment, Silverstone is the second-quickest track on the calendar based on average speeds, behind Monza, but the addition of two long straights between Abbey and Brooklands is projected to push the average lap speed up to 252km/h, compared to 233km/h in 2009 and Monza's 248km/h. The revised layout was originally conceived for the MotoGP race, which will take place at the track in June, but was then employed for the F1 race after Silverstone won back the rights to host the event from Donington. The new infield section will see drivers take a swooping right- hander at the old Abbey chicane, followed by Farm, a quick left-hander, into the tight Village right-hander. Drivers then swing left around The Loop, followed by another swooping left around Aintree before joining the Wellington Straight for the long run-down to Brooklands. A host of motor racing dignitaries were at Silverstone on Thursday to officially open the revised circuit, which extends the old track by 760m. Despite the extension however, laptimes will increase by just four seconds, while the new circuit is also expected to give drivers two extra overtaking opportunities into Village and Brooklands. "This is a very proud day for Silverstone Circuit and the BRDC," said Damon Hill, President of the BRDC which owns Silverstone. "The new section of track and improvements made elsewhere to the circuit are fantastic. These changes provide not only a stunning new driving challenge but will also lead to an enhanced spectator experience and provide great flexibility in terms of the different layouts that we can now use." as new Arena Grand Prix track is launched Silverstone targets Monza ... For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... Michelin and Cooper Avon the favourites 9