PIRELLI TO SUPPLY WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FROM 2021 TO 2024

Pirelli has been chosen by the FIA, world motorsport’s governing body, as the sole supplier for the World Rally Championship from 2021 to 2024. In particular, Pirelli will supply all the four-wheel drive cars that compete on the championship, from the WRC category that fights for the overall title, to the R5-specification WRC2 class, which is also the headlining category on regional and national championships throughout the world.


AT THE TOP OF MOTORSPORT: IN F1 AND WRC


Pirelli’s latest engagement in the top class of rallying sits alongside the similar exclusive agreement that the Italian company has enjoyed with Formula 1 since 2011: the world’s top single seater category. These successful campaigns confirm Pirelli’s leadership in world motorsport, thanks to the experience gained through more than 110 years of motorsport.


Mario Isola, Pirelli’s head of F1 and car racing, said: “Our return to the top level of rallying is something that we were considering for a while, and it’s particularly fitting that this appointment from the FIA comes in the year that Ott Tänak – a graduate of the Pirelli Star Driver programme – was crowned world champion. Supplying the WRC alongside F1 will enable us to improve our products still further by putting them against some of the most varied and demanding conditions seen in motorsport.”


PIRELLI IN RALLYING


Pirelli has been present in rallying since 1973, claiming 25 world titles and winning 181 WRC events. More recently, Pirelli was sole supplier to the WRC from 2008 to 2010, and since 2018 it has supplied tyres for drivers in the WRC2 category. Rallying has always been a perfect open air laboratory for Pirelli’s engineers to test out new technologies that are eventually destined for road use, thanks to the extreme conditions that characterise the sport.