US F1 officially out and no place for Stefan GP as 2010 entry list confirmed

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

With US F1 gone, BMW Sauber will take over their numbers
With US F1 gone, BMW Sauber will take over their numbers

The official 2010 F1 entry list has been published by the FIA.

The US F1 team has been dropped from the list and Stefan GP do not appear in their place meaning there will only be 24 cars at the first race in Bahrain. A statement said:

Having considered the various options, the FIA confirms that it is not possible for a replacement team to be entered for the Championship at this late stage.

HRT, formerly Campos, remain on the list but the team have not tested their car yet or officially announced who will partner Bruno Senna as their second driver.

BMW Sauber have been given car numbers 22 and 23 which were previously reserved for US F1. They are still officially referred to as ‘BMW Sauber F1 Team’ despite the withdrawal of BMW and the fact the team is now using Ferrari engines.

The FIA says it will begin a process to: “fill any vacancies existing at the start of the 2011 season” which presumably will include the place previously held by US F1.

2010 F1 entry list


1. Jenson Button
2. Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes Grand Prix

3. Michael Schumacher
4. Nico Rosberg

Red Bull Racing

5. Sebastian Vettel
6. Mark Webber

Scuderia Ferrari

7. Felipe Massa
8. Fernando Alonso


9. Rubens Barrichello
10. Nico H?â??lkenberg

Renault F1 Team

11. Robert Kubica
12. Vitaly Petrov

Force India F1 Team

14. Adrian Sutil
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi

Toro Rosso

16. Sebastien Buemi
17. Jaime Alguersuari

Lotus Racing

18. Jarno Trulli
19. Heikki Kovalainen

HRT F1 Team

20. TBA
21. Bruno Senna

BMW Sauber F1 Team

22. Pedro de la Rosa
23. Kamui Kobayashi

Virgin Racing

24. Timo Glock
25. Lucas di Grassi

See the full teams list with reserve drivers: 2010 F1 drivers and teams

209 comments on “US F1 officially out and no place for Stefan GP as 2010 entry list confirmed”

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  1. An absolute joke!!!! Stefan GP should have got the place!!

    1. Agreed. I was told there would be 13 teams… I want 13 teams.

      1. Absolutely??? Are kidding me? Stephan GP are a bunch of vultures and don’t deserve to be on the grid. What you think they deserve it because they “might” get JV to drive them? JV is washed up and done get over it!!!

        1. They are a team with a completed car that would create a 26 car field. Who cares who drives for them.


        2. Ned Flanders
          4th March 2010, 0:25

          “Stefan GP are a bunch of vultures”

          You wouldn’t happen to be a certain whispering horse from Maranello by any chance, would you?

        3. Stefan GP have a car, USF1 do not
          Stefan GP have money, USF1 do not,
          Stefan GP had experienced drivers, USF1 do not,
          Stefan GP have strong leadership, USF1 do not,
          Stefan GP have Toyota backing, USF1 do not.
          USF1 had an entry, Stefan GP did not.

          Who is the rightful formula one team?
          It is politics, Stefan GP can field a car, a competitive car, and can demonstrate their ability to compete further into the future, It is only politics that have stopped them.

          1. The only reason Stefan GP has a car is because Toyota quit the sport, if that wasn’t the case they would be in the exact same spot as USF1 right now….

          2. Neither. I always thought that Stefan GP’s only way in was to buy the USF1 entry. But they didn’t wanna sell. So that’s that.

          3. Gman your spot on, but they did buy the car and they do have the car, which means they are not in the same spot as USF1.

            Journeyer, yeah ok, that’s fair enough I can see your point.

          4. Mike, Stefan GP pieced together a car waaay too late and it hasn’t been tested. they also never signed a deal with FIA. So, they are not ready. In my eyes, this is just as big…no wait…a bigger FAIL then USF1. Of course, most of the fail responsibility seems to fall on the FIA.

          5. agreed with gman.
            the fact anyone can show up with a car and just expect entry without going through the same entry process as everyone else is arrogant and would have looked bad on the fia.
            imo the fia have done the correct thing as long as come the 2011 season its open to everyone and then the best candidate gets entry.

    2. Aleksandar Serbia
      4th March 2010, 0:33

      i hear ya bro :( :(

      1. Problem is F1 needs a US presence and they clearly want to keep the position open for a US based team. However you look at it F1 is ultimately a business run by people who understandably want to make more money. I am sure given the decision almost anyone would do the same thing. The fact of the matter business have to act (by law) in the interest of their shareholders and shutting the door to an american outfit makes no economic sense and lets face it, who is not going to watch the sport without stephan GP. The hardcore fans who actually know about them trying to feild 13 teams will still watch. The fair weathered fan won’t have noticed let alone care. It is a shame that their ain’t 13 cars but the decision makes considerable sense.

  2. absolutely ridiculous. you’ve got a team with a car ready to go sitting right there, and they’re denied an entry to fill out the out of what appears to be pure petulance. Typical.

    1. The fact that they didn’t follow due process, attempted to sue the FIA, have employed someone who is currently banned from working in Formula One and weren’t even organised enough to sort out their own test probably has something to do with it as well. That and the fact that all the other teams would have had to agree to give them a place, which wasn’t about to happen.

      1. Don’t forget the not-so-good english in which the press releases were written ;)

      2. HounslowBusGarage
        3rd March 2010, 21:24

        Not really fair to criticise them for the failed test. Without tyres, it’s a bit difficult to test.

        1. They should have ordered those tyres on time and then they would have had some.

          1. Yes but they had a car!
            USF1 had tyres but no car, surely they could have met halfway!

          2. Actually, Bridgestone are able to give F1 tyres to teams which are registed for the championship – that Stefan GP is not.

            They should have got hold of some GP2 tyres.

          3. Jarred Walmsley
            3rd March 2010, 22:50

            Actually Bridgestone refused to give them any, so if they had ordered them 10years in advance it would have made no difference. It wasn’t the time in which they took to order them it was Bridgestone refusing to give them any

          4. *arent able that should read…

          5. You should pay more attention to the news stories. They couldn’t source suitable tires as Bridgestone is contractually precluded from distributing it’s F1 and GP2 tires outside of the officially sanctioned teams. Any other tires would have been dangerous. So it wasn’t for a lack of planning that they couldn’t get tires.

          6. spud,

            YOU should actually pay more attention to the news. Perhaps they couldn’t get F1 tyres right now, but if they had actually started getting those earlier they might have.

            The point is, they were planning to do that test on GP2 tyres and they asked Bridgestone for these tyres mere days before the test. So Bridgestone said they couldn’t help on such short notice.

            Bad planning …

        2. Concerning the tyres, they tried to get F1 standard tyres, in order to shows that the car was quite fast,

          Of course as bridgestone is only required to supply tyres to F1 entries, they refused.

          Stefan GP also tried to get GP2 tyres but according to my limited understanding, there was none spare at the time to be bought or had

      3. and they have funny accent? and they have funny haircut? and maybe they… blah… they have the car and are more than ready to go. Anyone else there that can fill up the spot? No. For one thing i admire them for attempt to sue FIA. They actually stud up for them selves and thats something to be proud of and not ashamed. Just give Stefan_gp some credit for having some guts. So sad…

  3. Pathetic from the FIA. It has been clear for ages that USF1 were not going to be able to compete, regardless of the nonsense Windsor and Anderson were sprouting, why couldn’t they do something earlier? The FIA being too stubborn to admit that there selection process failed is the reason why we won’t have afull grid, not an unavoidable shortage of time.

  4. Stupid, as usual FIA doing everything they can to go against what the fans want.

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      3rd March 2010, 21:43

      But this time, they’re doing everything they can to follow their own rules.

      1. I agree. Whatever we think of the “deservedness” of a place swap between USF1 and Stefan GP, neither team has met the conditions of entry, and neither should be on the grid.

        This is a low key, but good decision from the FIA. No leaks, no posturing, no ****-stirring. Take a look at the facts, look at the rules, make a decision, and publish it. This is the way it should always have been done.

        1. I quite agree, why hasn’t the FIA always been like this?

          1. Prisoner Monkeys
            3rd March 2010, 22:23

            Because it wasn’t led by Jean Todt?

            In terms of their presidencies, Todt and Mosley have one thing in common: they haven’t done as the fans have wanted. The difference is that Todt isn’t ignoring rules simply because they’re an inconvenience. He’s no doubt decided that the long-term credibility of the FIA is more important than granting an entry to an unknown Serbian team who may not be around after one year in the sport. Todt is apparently already looking at a new system of selecting teams.

          2. Hopefully we can go back to the 107% rule.

          3. The 107% rule just led to a situation where there were lots of teams turning up to F1 races who had no realistic prospect of racing.

            In an era where travel costs were lower, support crews were smaller, 2nd hand cars were common, technology was cheaper, that was just about workable, but even so there were a lot of shoestring budget teams that ended up picking and choosing which races they’d attempt to qualify for. Even at that, most of them would fail.

            I think Jordan stated his budget for the first season in 1991 was $5 million (may have been 15). Can you imagine a 2011 team running its entire season, making cars, and paying drivers for that? Teams need sponsors. Sponsors need exposure. Turning up and not qualifying means no exposure. So the 107% rule will never come back.

        2. I completly agree. This one of the few consistent decisions from the FIA. We need more of those.

          You cannot just, willy nilly, decide who competes and who does not. They need to go through a selection proces. If you start to bend the rules, you open up Pandora’s box. All kinds of Mickey Mouse-outfits will try to be on the grid, and where does it end? When they start to bend the safety rules aswell?
          I applaud the FIA for their consistency, we need more of that.

          On a side note: SGP could/should have bought USF1’s entry, but they didn’t. That would have solved all the problems without bending the rules.

          1. The 107% rule came in in 1996,

    2. Well I’m a fan, and I dont want Stefan on the grid, so I’m sure there doing what some fans want.

      1. Stephen_P83
        4th March 2010, 14:22

        I’m not sure why everyone keeps saying the FIA is not listening to the fans. I’m a pretty big F1 fan and I could care less if Stefan GP race. People keep saying they are a respectable F1 team, but all they did was hand some money to Toyota to take over a team. Stefan couldn’t even arrange to have GP2 tires in order to go testing. Does buying a car from Toyota really mean they’re a credible team?

        I applaud FIA for following the rules. Stefan doesn’t have an entry and the rules should not be re-written for them. Plain and simple guys. The FIA is doing the right thing!

        1. Actually people are giving Stefan far too much credit and using false assumptions to prop them up as a legitimate entry. Stefan didn’t buy a car from Toyota or the Toyota team. They leased Toyota’s car FOR 2010 and leased its intellectual property in the car FOR 2010. So essentially all the 2010 Stefan entry would have been was the world’s most expensive rental car. That’s the problem and the reason FIA won’t just hand them an entry, they have a car FOR 2010, but they have NOTHING for 2011. Can they race this year? Almost certainly. But can they race in 2011? There’s nothing there to lay the foundation of a car or team next year. So from the FIA’s perspective how can they give Stefan an entry when they very well could be back in this same situation next year, with a team not making the grid? Stefan doesn’t have the experience, infrastructure, people, or facilities to develop their own car and go racing. The FIA is much better off to wait until they can review all of the proposals from teams that might wish to enter F1 in 2011 and (hopefully this time) pick the one that demonstrates the greatest ability to develop a car and operate a team in the longterm.

  5. It’s a shame we’ll be missing the extra team on the grid. To be honest though…. I’ve seen more from USF1 than from Campos, so I’ll be surprised with what they turn up with.

    1. true. still 24 is better than the 20 we had last year.

      1. Mike "the bike" Schumacher
        3rd March 2010, 22:44

        Ya but no Number 27 :(

        1. Yer i was thinking Kobayashi must be gutted about not getting to drive the 27 car.

  6. Stefan GP did not go through the same process as everyone else and instead tried to barge their way into the grid. I may be in the minority but personally I’m glad they haven’t made it. If they’re so keen, they should re-apply for next year and go through the proper procedure, regardless of how ineffective that procedure may or may not be. They shouldn’t get an advantage just because they carried on with a car (thanks to Toyota) while other credible teams like Prodrive or Lola didn’t.

    I feel their “no more press releases” statment isn’t going to last much longer though!

    1. ” I may be in the minority ”
      This won’t mean much but I agree with you. :) :P

    2. Completely agree.

      Hope that Prodrive or Lola get the spot next year.

    3. Yea, I agree too….they are not ready, the car hasn’t turned a wheel….

      1. HRT are in and neither has theirs…

    4. Completely agree too.

      If they had had a good plan they would have been picked. In fact he had nothing.

      Then he bought some toyota’s and engines. That doesn’t make it a team yet either.

      Besides, Stefanovic said that he was going to test this season and then be ready for the next season to race. A much more sensible approach I would say and a good chance to show that he can actually come true on a promise.

      1. “In fact he had nothing”
        Well nice going USF1- they must have done the great job of showing what they did have.

    5. I completely agree too. all teams who didn’t make it this year now have a full year to get to work, including USF1. I actually saw a 3D drawing of their car in F1 Racing today. It looks quite cool with a very different front wing design than anything i’ve seen from any other team. pity we won’t see it raced. not this year anyway……..

      1. East Londoner
        3rd March 2010, 22:15

        Definatly agree. 2 bad mistakes in attempting to sue the FIA just because they didn’t get a place for engine reasons, and hiring Mike Coughlan. At least we won’t have to see the awful Nakajima and either the washed up Ralf or Villineuve.

        1. Nakajima wasn’t no deletraz, he was quite competitive on his day lay off,

          Villineuve isn’t quick, but he is motivated, and he has experience, I’d rather him than more PR men.

          and Ralf , How to defend him, well, he said some stupid things, and didn’t pull through. so he looks like an idiot, but he’s not exactly washed up yet is he?

    6. What is this some kind of agreement party?!

      Stefan GP went through the same process as everyone else and when they found it to be flawed, biased and nepotistical they pulled out. They fact that they have achieved something that two of the new teams this process exalted have so far failed to do is to their credit. For actually being ready and willing they deserve a shot. Following your line you might argue that it would make a mockery of the rules or processes or other the teams involved but the FIA have already done a good enough job of that for it to be irrelevant. It would be a great story and one that would make many fans happy and enrich the history of the sport and for that reason I think they should be given a shot.

      1. Stefab GP didn’t pull out. They were simply not chosen.

        A nice interview with Stefanovic on the subject:

        1. Oh! I read somewhere they pulled out at the last minute, can’t remember where though.

          1. Maybe that they pulled back their complaint from the EU commission?

  7. Does this mean another stupid points change?

  8. James Brickles
    3rd March 2010, 20:51

    Max Mosely really did leave at the perfect time. He picks the teams on the grounds that the budget cap would go ahead, but the budget cap gets vetoed by FOTA, Max stands down as president and leaves it to someone else to sort out all the occuring mess that would follow.

    1. F1withMySon
      3rd March 2010, 22:05

      Yes, but I’m still glad that he’s gone.

  9. At this point, it does seem too late for Stefan (and Campos for that matter). However, the FIA should have let Stefan test (and forced Bridgestone to cough up some tires) so that they could be ready at this point. I’m sure USF1 was stringing them along so that they could either miss 4 races or show up in 2011 and not have to worry about the “vultures” taking their slot, but the FIA should have given Stefan a provisional grid slot that would have been based on one of the teams not being ready by…say…March 3, 2010…..

    I think that Stefan would have jumped at this and forced the test.

    I do think that we’ll see Stefan and/or Campos showing up late though. From what I understand they are allowed to miss 3 races without penalty, right? I think Stefan will be ready by then, and lets face it, they’re not going to score any real amount of points this season, so if that’s how they show up, then that’s fine by me.

  10. Does anyone know how the car numbers are assigned? I thought it was by previous championship order with the teammate receiving the subsequent place, but evidently not.

    1. That’s pretty much correct, unless you’re Shumacher.

      button – 1
      lewis – 2 etc…

      1. Lewis wanted to be 23 in 2008 because it was the MP4-23, his 23rd Birthday on the day it was launched and Hunt won the title in the number 23 Mclaren…

        Of course being Hamilton the FIA didn’t allow his yet Schumacher was handed his number no problems.

        1. I do wish drivers could just choose their numbers (except for the champion…unless they want to of course)

        2. It wasn’t up to the FIA in Shumachers case, it was up to Mercedes and Nico Rosberg.

    2. #1 and 2 go to the team with the reighning world champion. The rest of the established teams go in order of constructors championship positions the previous year. Then ther new teams, who appear to be in random order. Sauber were given 22 & 23 because they were USF1’s numbers, so in order to preserve the orignal numbers as much as possible with Virgin keeping 24 & 25.

      1. ‘ is right. Although I thought the new teams were granted it in the order they were accepted but I may have just made that up in my own mind :P

    3. Let me re-phrase that, it is true for the WDC, so JB carries #1. For the drivers that move teams…Rubens, they do not carry their positions. Brawn got 3,4 because they would have been 1,2 without the driver swap. Vettel would have been 2nd, so he gets the next slot, 5,6…an so on….

      1. No that is wrong. Drivers have nothing to do with it except the champion, all the other teams are just based on the constructors’ championship. Red Bull are 5&6 because they finsihed 2nd in the 09 WCC, not because of Vettel.

        1. right, thats what I was trying to get at, but I was typing it way too fast…I meant RedBull was 2nd so they get the numbers after Brawn….

    4. No, the team can choose which driver gets which number. Only exception is #1 for the World Champion.

  11. James Brickles
    3rd March 2010, 20:54

    And anyway, at least 24 cars is better than 20! ;)

    1. Ned Flanders
      3rd March 2010, 20:59

      Exactly! Since I’ve been watching F1 there have usually been 20 (or 22 at the most) cars on track, so 24 should be great

    2. Hopefully so. However, early indications suggest some of these new teams will be merely making up the numbers – and as such will further degrade the much touted, “pinnacle of motor sport.” Stephan’s approach was a little unconventional, but they do have a car that should not embarrass.

  12. Ned Flanders
    3rd March 2010, 20:56

    I’d have loved to have seen Stefan GP on the grid this season. I was looking forward to the return of Jaques Villenueve and the emergence of a wacky new team from an area where F1 is growing in popularity.

    But it would have been pretty unfair to give Stefan GP a queue jump straight into F1. If they wanted it that badly, they ought to have bought USF1’s entry (hopefully, they might still do this). The right thing to do is give all the potential applicants a fair shot of an entry for 2011 rather than sucumbing to Zoran Stefanovich and Bernie Ecclestone’s pressure.

    1. The fact that USF1 aren’t on the entry list suggests that they no longer have an entry to sell (even if you could sell entries on their own, which you can’t). I think the process will be opened up again for applicants for 2011 – but don’t count on Stefan GP, USF1 or Prodrive getting a place (I imagine they are all on the FIA’s blacklist).

      1. Ned Flanders
        3rd March 2010, 21:04

        You’re probably right, but I’d like to think that the post Mosley FIA wouldn’t be influenced so much by petty grudges on teams/ people they don’t like personally.

        1. Bear in mind that Todt was in charge of Ferrari, during the spy scandal, which involved Mike Coughlan, who is part of Stefan GP…

        2. Nothing to do with personality. Prodrive and USF1 both tried and failed. Stefan GP have Coughlan working for them. Makes sense that none of those would be considered before other applicants without such stains on their reputation.

          1. Ned Flanders
            3rd March 2010, 21:27

            I agree USF1 don’t deserve another chance, but Prodrive were screwed in 2006 by the FIA’s failiure to provide customer cars the first time they applied, and screwed again in 2009 by their insistence that the new teams had to run Cosworth engines. They didn’t seem to do much wrong themselves.

            And if Stefan GP weren’t granted an entry because of Coughlan I think that would reflect Jean Todt’s personal grudge. Apparently he agreed with the FIA he would stay out of F1 for two years, and since those two years are up the FIA should back down. What he did was wrong, but it wasn’t so bad as to justify the FIA permanently excluding him from F1

          2. The FIA didn’t insist teams choose Cosworth engines. Stop perpuating that false rumour.

  13. BMW Sauber Ferrari = worst name FAIL ever….

    hate it, but really like Peter Sauber and the team….and Kob and PDLR…

    1. Ned Flanders
      3rd March 2010, 21:01

      I was hoping ‘Sauber’ (for that is what I shall call them) would have a proper name on this entry list… obviously not.

      BMW Sauber Ferrari has to be the most ridiculous name since… well… HRT Racing!

      1. Yes, to me, they are “Sauber”

      2. “BMW Sauber Ferrari has to be the most ridiculous name since… well… HRT Racing!” …which is the most ridiculous name since Virgin Racing! :P

        1. Virgin and HRT. Imagine if they crash, well that Virgin is a little young for HRT don’t you think?

          An Sauber can’t be any dumber than that insitance last time that BMW was to be refered to as BMW Sauber. Meh it was BMW last year and Sauber this yer, just carrying the baggage of an extra title.

          1. Magnificent_Geoffrey
            3rd March 2010, 23:47

            “Virgin and HRT. Imagine if they crash, well that Virgin is a little young for HRT don’t you think?”

            Thanks. I will never be able to stop thinking of HRT as anything but ‘the menopausal team’ for the rest of the year, now!

          2. Scribe, you’re missing the point. It’s not stupid because of the name Sauber. It is stupid because it is BMW-Ferrari, obvious competitors….

            there is nothing stupid about the names BMW Sauber or Sauber Ferrari….

        2. Hormone Replacement Therapy Racing?

          Yeah, that is a dumb name for a team :)

  14. I am disappointed that Stefan GP haven’t been allowed to participate, but it does make a lot of sense. It’s a very late stage to add a team to the grid, and even though Stefan GP is seemingly ready to race (which isn’t exactly certain given that they haven’t had the opportunity to do testing) it would not benefit the sport to have a new team in for just one season. The FIA would need to determine their long term viability, which could be questionable since they would likely need to build their own car for 2011.

    Going to a selection procedure for 2011 instead is a prudent decision, and hopefully they’ll do it properly this time.

  15. You can’t miss any races ‘without penalty’

    So, does this mean USF1 (or whatever) will have to re-apply for entry in 2011, or do they have a guaranteed entry slot?

  16. So it’s Pedro de La Rosa for 2010 Driver’s Champion? ;)

    1. no no no , not every year , the driver with number 22 is going to be the champion

  17. HounslowBusGarage
    3rd March 2010, 21:18

    I find it very odd that there doesn’t seem to be a sort of ‘reserve list’ in Formula One this year.
    In other sports there’s often a first reserve player who takes part if one of the selected teams or players doesn’t turn up. If the FIA had set up this kind of facility for this season, US F1 could have been replaced by the first reserve team with ease and equanimity all round. It would not depend on the unanimous acceptance of all the other teams.
    But supposing HRT don’t turn up at Bahrein.
    No one has seen their car, they don’t appear to have a second driver yet. Have they even started the engine yet?
    Supposing they don’t turn up, and the grid is reduced to 22. How stupid will the FIA look then?

    1. Having a reserve player cost a few thousand dollars.

      Having a reserve F1 team cost millions of dollars. And the reserve team would have to cough up all that money themselves. what if they don’t get to participate….

      the only way new teams actually build cars and enter F1 is by being guaranteed a spot (except for Stefan).

      1. HounslowBusGarage
        3rd March 2010, 22:48

        . . . and if they don’t get to participate the FIA award them 50% of the participation money.

    2. Is the entry list always released this late? What a mess! Todd seems sensible so far, so let’s see how things look from here on in. Too bad two cars ready to go aren’t going to be there.

      1. HounslowBusGarage
        3rd March 2010, 23:15

        Yes, precisely. There are two spare grid slots and two cars ready to race, but the beaurocracy cannot seem to mate on with the other.

    3. Sauber was on the reserve list. They took the free slot that Toyota left behind.

      “Supposing they don’t turn up, and the grid is reduced to 22. How stupid will the FIA look then?”

      Less stupid than if there had only been 18 cars …

      1. HounslowBusGarage
        3rd March 2010, 22:51

        But how stupid, given that there at least two cars from Stefan looking for somewhere to race.
        More stupid. Because it will be the FIA’s failure and not the failure of the teams.

        1. We don’t actually know this.

          Have you seen the cars? Have you seen them drive? Do you know Stefan GP is a team that could actually compete in a complete season? Do you know that Stefan GP is a team at all and not just some Toyota workers that started the car once?

          All we know is that he pumps out press releases a lot so he must have people doing that. Other than that we just have his word for it.

    4. @ HounslowBusGarage

      I heard Chandhok will partner Senna, with Lopez the reserve driver.

      1. HounslowBusGarage
        3rd March 2010, 23:04

        Yes, but that’s the point isn’t it. You have ‘heard’, I have ‘read’ etc, but there is very limited information coming from the team themselves.
        When US F1, who were prolific in their communications, went quiet we all smelt a rat and suspected that the car would not appear.
        Now with HRT, we are reduced to the “I’ve heard” level of communication less than two weeks away from the first race, and so I wonder if they really will appear on the grid.
        I sincerely hope they do, as I hoped US F1 would do too. F1 needs as may new, enthusiastic entrants as it can get. And if HRT do not appear, the FIA will look pretty stupid in refusing Stefan their late and albeit irregular entry.

  18. 1 word joke, i hope the FIA get a grilling over this , as they deserve it, and as said above if only 20 turn up the FIA will go red faced and for me personally, i hope this does happen.

  19. I suspect that Stephan GP were not as ready for racing as they claimed to be. The whole organisation seemed more intent on forcing the hand of the FIA through media statements rather than prepare their team to race. I suspect the deal with Toyota wasn’t as guaranteed as they suggested and the FIA knew this.

    1. My understanding was that Stefan had leased (not bought) the Toyota equipment and the deal may even have been conditional on SGP getting an entry.

  20. You may grill me but Stefan wouldn’t have fared better than the late Super Aguri Team, struggling for resources after midseason just to drop – With an inmense debt – in 2011.

    You can’t cure an illness by getting another, they’ve signed an agreement with Campos thus they gave them the last chance but I’m sure they’re rolling their eyes and banging their heads with the whole new teams fiasco.

    This is Max Mosley’s creature but they’ve got to oblige their legal bindings. It’s a though job been the authority.

    Todt will bring up the customer cars some day by 2012 when the whole thing is over… you’ll see.

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