Ahead of the German Grand Prix, the FIA quietly issued its tyre tender document for the 2020-2024 season, with a ban on tyre blankets, narrower front wheels and low-profile tyres set out as Formula 1's future. It could spice up the show, but arguably the changes could be brought in even earlier.
Through the years, the demands on what the tyres need to withstand has changed dramatically. Since Pirelli became sole supplier in 2011, it has been under tremendous scrutiny - particularly after the tyre failures at Silverstone in '13. But all the way through drivers have complained about not being able to push as hard as they want to because temperatures are so critical to tyre management.
The final year of Pirelli's F1 supply deal is 2019, and I'm sure the company will be pitching to carry on into the next decade. Once you're involved and have the infrastructure in place to meet the service requirements, you are best placed to continue.