‘FOTA won’t decide on 2011 tyre dealer’

FIA president Jean Todt has exposed that it will be the sport’s governing body and business arm who will fix on on the F1’s tyre dealer.

With Bridgestone tyres pulling out of the sport there has been lots of conjecture as to who will replace the Japanese company, with a number of pretenders coming and going it now shows that Pirelli and Michelin are the two sensible options.

Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) is reported to be closing in on a contract with Pirelli, but Todt has now made it clear that the teams don’t have the right to make the decision. Asked by French newspaper Le Parisien whether the FIA had a say in the process, Todt responded: “Of course it does. And it [the FIA] will soon launch a tender, with the commercial advertiser of the championship, Bernie Ecclestone.

“FOTA may suggest that it decides, but the strong man is not he who speaks the loudest.”

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