Stefan Grand Prix still wants 2010 slot

Stefan Grand Prix, the 2010 F1 entry run by Zoran Stefanovic, says it still hopes to be on the Formula 1 grid next year despite failing to be granted a place by the FIA.

Stefanovic, who complained to the EU about the FIA’s insistence that the new teams for 2010 use Cosworth engines, says his company are, “acting like they are already in for the 2010 championship.”

He added: “don?t forget, people tried to convince the Wright brothers that they would never fly.”

Will Stefan Grand Prix get off the ground in 2010? It seems doubtful at this late stage, and their press release hasn’t got quite the air of professionalism you expect from an F1 team.

But no-one really expected Manor Motorsport to get a place for 2010, so who knows? If the rumours about Toyota pulling the plug on their F1 team are true, maybe the FIA will go looking for another new entry.

Press release

We are alive and ready

Talking with Mr. Zoran D. Stefanovic from Stefan Grand Prix, in light of new information about FIA 2010 Formula 1 World Championship, regarding some remarks from Mr. Ecclestone?s interview to BBC in which he points that ??one or two team?s will not make it to Bahrain next year??.

Head of Stefan Grand Prix Mr. Zoran D. Stefanovic wanted to share his thoughts about this matter, because everybody from SGP strongly believe that what SGP has to offer to F1 can be very interesting from every angle.

Nobody from SGP including myself, will just try to convince anybody why should we have to be in F1 next year, but we would like everybody to know that we are not just ready, but we also did a lot of work in last couple of months. We will try to share our thoughts and apply to logics and common sense of everybody who want to know for example how did we raised money for next year already, in other words how did we found title sponsorship without even being accepted from FIA for the 2010 Championship.

When you have all the pieces of the puzzle right: when you have one of the biggest shows on the face of the earth – the F1 brand – which is in my opinion organized almost perfectly, and when you come from an extremely interesting part of the world like Central – Eastern Europe, you have something fresh, something new, something worth looking at. And that is the essence of our effort. The idea of F1 car from Serbia makes everybody start thinking very fast. You must agree that what we have is something never seen before, something far more interesting than you usually expect, something very unique.

Therefore, almost over-night, you find yourself in the spotlight of the right eyes. Soon enough sponsors will recognize your position and they will follow you, like they did. We are in an area populated with over 400 million people, including Russia that is a brotherly nation with Serbia, so we have 800 millions eyes focused on something that was unimaginable for this area just a year ago.

This is the main reason why we have raised funds, why we have continued work on our car, and why we have our mind set to work as we are looking to be in Bahrain next year, because we think we will have two cars there.

Don?t forget, people tried to convince the Wright brothers that they would never fly, said Mr. Stefanovic.

What F1 must understand is that they will have the unique new team and will conquer, geographically, a very important part of the world. But if you ask who will really profiting, proper answer is – the fans, Mr. Stefanovic said.

He also continue, ??The everyday normal, smart man from all Central – Eastern Europe, from Russia, is just waiting for a strong emotional connection with something, and we think that our F1 project is exactly what they have been looking and waiting for. We want to develop SGP into a strong recognizable F1 brand and we are determined to do so. Don?t forget, we have 400 million reasons to do it.

In the end, Mr. Stefanovic says that they will keep pushing, that SGP will make their car, and that they are acting like they are already in for the 2010 championship, and he finishes with words:

Success is very predictable. You need to know what is the nature of your business, and you need to sell your product. We have unique product, which we already sold, so it is predictable that we expect to be in F1.

Read more: Exclusive: Zoran Stefanovic explains his complaint to the EU about the FIA

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36 comments on Stefan Grand Prix still wants 2010 slot

  1. Mr Stefanovic, the reason your team is not on the 2010 grid has nothing to do with engines, EU lawsuits or whatever. It’s because you’ve hired Mike Coughlan!

    Also, greengrocer’s apostrophe in the first paragraph. That grates upon my very soul.

  2. Stefan Grand Prix, the 2010 F1 entry run by Zoran Stefanovic, says it still hopes to be on the Formula 1 grid next year despite twice failing to be granted a place by the FIA.

    There, corrected. ;)

    @ Red Andy
    Did they indeed hire Mike Coughlan? That’s just plain stupid. I reckon they’ve got Briatore and Symonds on their roster, now, too?

  3. ajokay said on 29th September 2009, 9:26

    They need to use something a bit better than babelfish translator to start with.

    Forget Stefan GP, sounds like Soviet GP to me. /RedAlert2 “For the 400 million strong Union!”

  4. If Stefan Grand Prix would like to hire a copywriter and proof-reader, my rates are very reasonable.

  5. Apart from Coughlan, there’s also the small problem that the ex-BMW Qadbak team is on the waiting list already, and if Toyota pulls out FIA will likely just stop its effort to get a 14th spot, and just approve Qadbak directly.

    You’d need Renault to pull out too, at which point I’d rather Prodrive get the last spot than Stefan…

  6. Oh my god, they are still using that phrase: ”us and Russians – 400 milion”. They have been using it since the number was 300 milions. They need a reality check – and should start from junior series to learn their ropes if they are serious about racing…

  7. I’ve got news for you: Tols Grand Prix is also willing to enter the 2010 F1 championship and aiming to win its first race first time out.

  8. steph90 said on 29th September 2009, 11:25

    Won’t happen

  9. Ned Flanders said on 29th September 2009, 12:45

    Zoran, I’d have corrected the mistakes in your press release if you paid me a fiver for it. But I don’t understand the logic of all you sceptics out there. I for one not only think they’ll make it onto the grid next season, but also win both championships. And in 2011 they’ll sign Fernando Alonso.

    (I was going to make a joke about founding Flanders F1 and running it out of my own garage, but I see Tols has beat me to it…)

    • Indeed. I read on F1 Live earlier that Alonso has a 2011 ‘Stefan Clause’ option in his contract.

      Alonso is quoted as saying: “who knows if Stefan will ‘do a brawn’ next year… christ I think I need to keep my options open!”


  10. Prisoner Monkeys said on 29th September 2009, 12:49

    If he shows up in Bahrain, it is going to be absolutely hilarious when he gets turned away.

  11. Prisoner Monkeys said on 29th September 2009, 15:20

    Whatever became of his complaint to the FIA?

    For that matter, wat about N.Technology’s? That was suposed to be resolved two weeks ago.

  12. His English still sucks…enough said.

  13. His English still sucks…enough said.
    Should add great post! Looking forward to reading the next post!

  14. I actually wrote the original post on top- under “Gmam” at 3:59 PM. I hit the “M” key instead of “N”, but the point still got through. Whoever wants to use Gmam then, take it!!

  15. Great, I’ve been looking for a new name!

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