Burton upon Trent, January 8, 2015 – Pirelli has entered into an exciting new agreement with BRDC F4 creator and promoter MotorSport Vision to supply the MSV F4-013 cars with bespoke P Zero tyres from 2015, revealed today at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham.
These tyres have been developed specifically for junior single-seater racing by Pirelli engineers in Milan and incorporate learning from Pirelli’s participation in Formula One and feeder categories GP2 and GP3. The tyres will be distributed from Pirelli’s logistics hub in Didcot, Oxfordshire – regarded as a “centre of excellence” in motorsport.
BRDC F4 is the brainchild of ex-grand prix driver Jonathan Palmer, whose son Jolyon won the 2014 GP2 title using Pirelli tyres. The 2015 BRDC F4 season comprises 24 races over eight weekends, on a variety of well-known British circuits. To promote accessibility, budgets are designed to be no more than £120,000 for a season, and many frontrunners spend significantly less.
The Pirelli tyres for BRDC F4, which are fitted to a 2-litre Duratec-powered car generating 185bhp, will be tested over a 20-minute qualifying session and three 20-minute races. The grid for race one is based on qualifying order with the grid for race two determined by the finishing order of race one with the top eight positions reversed: the same format used by GP2 and GP3. The grid for the third race is finalised by the order of fastest laps.
To underline the importance of BRDC F4 to rising talents, George Russell, the 2014 champion, won the coveted McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, which carries a cash prize of £100,000 and a test in a McLaren Formula One car. Furthermore, the competitive nature of BRDC F4 was demonstrated when 10 different drivers claimed race wins in 2014.
Pirelli’s Motorsport Director Paul Hembery, who launched the partnership on the Pirelli stand at Autosport International, commented: “We’re delighted to be involved in this innovative formula, which gives drivers the opportunity to take their first steps in motorsport with a perfect compromise between costs and performance. This latest initiative underlines our company-wide philosophy of providing young drivers with opportunities to progress within motorsport, all the way to the very highest levels of competition.”
Pirelli is among the main tyre makers globally and world leader in the Premium segment, with high technological content. Founded in 1872, it has a presence in over 160 countries, with 22 manufacturing facilities on four continents and 38,000 employees. Pirelli has been involved in motor racing since 1907 and is currently the exclusive Formula 1® tyre manufacturer for the 2014-2016 championship seasons. The excellence of Pirelli’s products, the popularity of the Pirelli Calendar, as well as the company’s involvement in the worlds of Formula 1® and fashion all contribute to the success of the Pirelli brand, valued by Interbrand at €2.27 billion