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

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.
FIA

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

McLaren-Mercedes

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

Williams

9. Rubens Barrichello
10. Nico H???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

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

  1. Can people just stop whining about “the mess with the new teams” already?

    We have two new teams and they seem to be doing well. Their times are reasonably close and Virgin is showing that you can indeed run a F1 team for 45 million.

    So stop crying about the 1 or 2 teams that failed to materialise and focus on the two new teams that did!

  2. Fer no,65 said on 3rd March 2010, 21:52

    Maybe they saw something about StefanGP that we don’t know yet?

    Maybe Stefan GP is probably yet another cheap team with no sufficient money to stay in the circus the whole year?

    the fact that they have Toyota chassis and engines, and a weird line up doesn’t guarantee that they will be able to ship equipment to all races, race their cars, etc…

  3. sato113 said on 3rd March 2010, 22:07

    ‘officially announced when will partner Bruno Senna’
    i think you me ‘who’ keith.

  4. That’s a real shame! Hopefully Stefan GP can get the green light now

  5. SoLiD said on 3rd March 2010, 22:13

    I hope we will see stefan gp later in the season then.

    I believe they weren’t accepted because they didn’t want to use the cosworth engine, like prodrive!

    Too bad one cosworth customer is gone now :)
    I would love to see Villeneuve in the stefan toyota :)

  6. rampante said on 3rd March 2010, 22:15

    Just because you really want to be there does not allow you in. The rules were not followed and therefor no entry. The cock up has been by USF1, they said they would be there and can’t turn up. That does not mean there is an opening for another team.

    • matt90 said on 3rd March 2010, 23:52

      Didn’t Lotus only get a place because there was an opening after Toyota dropped out?

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th March 2010, 0:08

        After BMW dropped out. Toyota pulled out after the end of the season.

      • To fill the free slot that opened up after BMW withdrew, there was a quick slection process where Lotus and Sauber were both considered.

        Lotus was picked on that occasion and Sauber stayed on the reserve list. Later, when Toyota dropped out, Sauber was taken off the reserve list.

        I guess at that time the reserve list was technically empty since most original applicants already said they wanted to drop out.

  7. Uncle said on 3rd March 2010, 22:20

    HRT F1 lol…. My mum might like them.

  8. Lenny said on 3rd March 2010, 22:27

    All I can say that the FIA are a ******* jokeshop!!!!!

  9. Uncle said on 3rd March 2010, 22:50

    Who cares all these new teams have bombed, they would have been cr@p anyway…

  10. Alonso-fan UK said on 3rd March 2010, 22:52

    This in my eyes is a joke, USF1 should have pulled out ages ago, Stefan gp should have it, they have a car ready to go, but I am really looking forward to stefans response to the FIA

  11. luigismen said on 3rd March 2010, 22:53

    Now there is a bigger percentage of cars grabbing some points than last year…
    2009 8/20 40%
    2010 10/24 41,6%

  12. Bandes said on 3rd March 2010, 23:01

    I would say it would have been nice to see Toyota’s already designed and sold car on track. If Stefan GP is not allowed to compete because of no any testing yet, then Campos GP or whatever they call themselves should not be allowed as well!

  13. profesor said on 3rd March 2010, 23:24

    where is number 13 they omitted from the list and jumped to 14 why is tat I don’t understand
    Renault F1 Team

    11. Robert Kubica
    12. Vitaly Petrov

    Force India F1 Team

    14. Adrian Sutil (this should be 13)
    15. Vitantonio Liuzzi

    Toro Rosso

    16. Sebastien Buemi
    17. Jaime Alguersuari

  14. Mouse_Nightshirt said on 3rd March 2010, 23:37

    Here’s a question, when was the last time the runner up in the championship ended up with the number 5 on their car. I’m sure I could work it out, but I’m tired, help a tired man out ;)

    • Journeyer said on 3rd March 2010, 23:55

      The last time the runner-up ended up with #5… was in 1996, when 1995 runner-up Damon Hill ended up with car #5 (after Schumacher moved to Ferrari and took #1 with him, leaving Benetton with #3).

      That was actually the first year F1 used what is the current car numbering system.

  15. vettelfan said on 3rd March 2010, 23:38

    It does feel like a bit of waste when there is a team ready to go, yet they can’t get on the grid. But the FIA have to follow the rules to give themselves some creditability, and Stefan GP tried to just take advantage of USF1’s failings.

    As much as I admire them for showing the dedication and commitment to getting onto the 2010 grid, they should have followed the rules and gained their place the way all the other new teams did. I would’ve like to have seen them, but life goes on, lol.

    • matt90 said on 3rd March 2010, 23:50

      To be fair, they tried to gain a place, found the selection procedure to be biased, and realised that they were STILL a better candidate and persisted until now when they were proved right.

      • steph90 said on 4th March 2010, 7:44

        If by bias you mean the FIA only selected teams who matched their targets, conditions and survived the selection process then yes they were. If you are referring to the Cosworth rumours then they are just rumors and it is unfair on the FIA when such accusations are made without any real evidence

        • matt90 said on 4th March 2010, 13:23

          Yeah I meant the Cosworth allegations. Perhaps it is unfair, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised. Perhaps prodrive really weren’t as good a proposition as the others, but I’d be surprised that that was the issue rather than having a Mercedes ‘deal.’ If I’m being unfair it’s probably because the Fia did as much as possible over the last year or too to try and make me hate the sport. I lost respect for them and as a result wouldn’t put anything past them.

          • matt90 said on 4th March 2010, 13:26

            the end of the didn’t make much sense.

            *If I’m being unfair it’s probably because the Fia did as much as possible over the last year or more to try and make me hate the sport. I lost respect for them and as a result wouldn’t put anything past them.

  16. sato113 said on 3rd March 2010, 23:39

    does anyone else think those tyres on that sauber look tiny!!!

  17. matt90 said on 3rd March 2010, 23:45

    So ‘it is not possible for a replacement,’ despite the fact that IT IS possible for a replacement?

    Sorry but it gets to the point where you have to accept that the FIA are retarded.

    • Journeyer said on 4th March 2010, 0:00

      Stefan wasn’t in the original replacement list (which Lotus and Epsilon Euskadi were part of previously after BMW pulled out). And I don’t think the sport has ever done a swap so close to the start of the season. It’s just asking for trouble.

      • matt90 said on 4th March 2010, 13:29

        I just don’t see what trouble could have been caused. Perhaps Stefan would have fallen flat on their face, but that would have only meant a loss of face for them, not the FIA, who would have been seen to be doing their best to ensure a better standard of racing ni 2010.

    • Aleksandar Serbia said on 4th March 2010, 0:29

      i hear ya bro :(

  18. Journeyer said on 3rd March 2010, 23:57

    2 wrongs don’t make a right here. The FIA shouldn’t just be letting Stefan in just because there’s empty spaces on the grid. There is a process that needs to be followed, and breaking it (again) for Stefan doesn’t make any sense to me. We’ll still have 24 cars, and that’s still much more than we’ve had in the last decade or so.

    • Journeyer said on 3rd March 2010, 23:58

      The only way Stefan was getting in was if they managed to buy USF1’s entry. The moment KA showed he wasn’t gonna let his dream die, he had also sunk Stefan’s hopes (Which is pretty poor on KA’s part, if you ask me). But rules are rules, and that’s how it should work.

    • Aleksandar Serbia said on 4th March 2010, 0:38

      So if they would let Usgp skip four races, why not let Stefan get one race prep time and let them test?

      • Journeyer said on 4th March 2010, 5:09

        Thing is, they didn’t let USF1 skip any races at all. As it stands, USF1 has no guarantee they will ever be in F1.

  19. Daffid said on 4th March 2010, 0:17

    It’s not over till the short man sings… ;p

  20. grey ghost said on 4th March 2010, 0:46

    Thanks God & FIA because Kazuki Nakajima won’t be driving in 2010 in F1. Hope that 2009 was his last season in this sport…

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