There has been instances in the past where F1 solely raided on a sole supplier for Tyres, The Years 1987&88, Followed by 1992 to 1996 were the years when Goodyear was the sole supplier of tyres. Then we had Bridgestone who was officially a sole tyre supplier between 2007 to 2010 seasons and also a bit earlier in the 1999 to 2000 seasons.
Lots of Tyre Suppliers participated in F1 and only few of them have established themselves a name. In all, 8 Suppliers were involved in Formula 1, Namely Goodyear, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Pirelli, Michelin, Firestone, Continental and Englebert. We can quite well say that Goodyear stayed in the sport longer then anyone and they had a nice success rate to their name. They have been part of Driver’s Championships 24 times including the 7 times where they have been the sole tyre supplier. Bridgestone comes second with them assisting the drivers to a championship victory of 11 times out of which they remained as a sole supplier for 6 Times. Dunlop is third on the list followed by Pirelli and Michelin.
Enter Pirelli, Having emerged as the late contender during the Tyre bids, They won a close battle with Michelin with arguably certain people with dictating terms were against the Italian Manufacturer or we can say that it has been the rumor. Having won the bid, They went straight into the development of creating something new and challenging. They put new terms back on the dictionary. Blistering, Graining, Degradation are some of the terms that were lost in the last decade or so. This ensured that drivers have to respect the tyres and ensure they don’t push beyond the limit. And thus new strategies were forcefully formed and era of unpredictability had started. Into the second year of their return, things started exceedingly well with a normal front running team winning it but as the season progressed, More and more Teams were put on the block and more teams started to challenge for the win. The guys who were aggressive were asked to think again and those who too conservative where forced to be aggressive to get some heat into the tyres. Thus, Tyre Management emerged as a separate skill for the drivers and Teams and both were forced to develop this over the course of the time. Some drivers are still in the wild as they are unable to grab a sweetspot over their tyres and this is severely starting to affect their reputation. And those people who were earlier commenting on how bad the Italian Manufacturer is, they are now showering praises on them for creating something unpredictable.
We can truly at this point of time can clearly state that, Pirelli has emerged as one of the key revolutionizer of the sport we love.