Change in WRC Control Rubber

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The WRC is Set to Change Its Control Rubber from 2025

Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli has recently announced that it will not be submitting a bid in response to the FIA’s 2025-2027 tyre tender for the World Rally Championship (WRC). This decision by Pirelli means that there will be a change in the control rubber used in the championship starting from 2025.

Pirelli previously won the tender and supplied tyres to all WRC categories from 2021-2024, marking their return to rallying’s top level after an absence since 2010. However, they have chosen not to continue as the tyre supplier for the upcoming years.

In light of Pirelli’s decision, various other tyre manufacturers are now in the spotlight to potentially take over as the new control rubber provider for the WRC. While specific details of the bids have yet to be disclosed, it is understood that Michelin, MRF, and other companies have shown interest in becoming the sole supplier of tyres for the championship.

With this change in control rubber, the dynamics of the WRC could be altered. Tyres play a crucial role in the performance and handling of rally cars, and different tyre characteristics can have a significant impact on the drivers’ abilities to navigate various terrains and weather conditions.

As the decision deadline approaches, the FIA will carefully consider the bids submitted by the potential tyre suppliers for the WRC from 2025 onwards. Ultimately, the goal is to select a tyre manufacturer that can provide high-quality, reliable, and performance-enhancing tyres for the demanding conditions of rally racing.

Stay tuned to for further updates on the upcoming changes in the control rubber of the WRC and the selection of the new tyre supplier.

Read more about Pirelli’s decision to leave the WRC as the tyre supplier here.

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