Stefan GP have announced they are sending race equipment to the first round of the championship at Bahrain – even though they don’t have an entry for the 2010 championship yet.
A statement on their site says:
SGP becomes the first team in F1 history who [sent] a 40 foot container full of equipment to the race in Bahrain without having entry for 2010 season!
Stefan GP statement
The team announced last week it has a deal with Toyota Motorsport to receive technical support.
With the entry list unlikely to expand, they must feel fairly confident that one of the new 2010 teams will not make it to the first race.
Update: In a further statement Stefan GP claim they will launch their car on February 25th in Portugal and will test two drivers, one of which “has already two years in F1.”
That could potentially mean Toyota-backed Kazuki Nakajima, former Toro Rosso pilot Sebastien Bourdais or potentially Nelson Piquet Jnr, though the latter is now racing in NASCAR.