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Pirelli gets new deal to remain F1 supplier

PARIS (AP) - Pirelli has secured a new three-year contract with motor sport's governing body to remain Formula One's sole tire supplier, a welcome relief for the Italian manufacturer following an extremely difficult season.

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Last July, the teams held in-season testing sessions at Silverstone to assess new tires provided by Pirelli after several blowouts on the same circuit at the British Grand Prix in June prompted a furious response from drivers and even a boycott threat the following week.

Even before Silverstone, there were repeated problems - with the Spanish GP in May turning into a pit-stop procession as tires shredded and drivers made up to four stops each.

Pirelli says ''the duration of the agreement is for three years, starting from the 2014 season.''

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