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. 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%

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  7. 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 :(

  8. 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.

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

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

  10. 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…

  11. Aleksandar Serbia said on 4th March 2010, 1:18

    If Us GP were allowed to miss 4 races give Stefan 1, it will do, to test and prep up, but Fia really showed they didn’t want them all together!
    Ferrari proved they are in control and do not want more teams to cut the sponsor pie.

    Good ridden to the Balkan boys, they are bad people and need to be removed for their insolence and perseverance to enter such a prestigious club.

    Let this be a Fia trademark, signed with an approval of the gall of Black Horse, the name suits their canker of privilege.

    Now i can only look with eyes of sorrow,
    our maiden team denied flight,
    for its dreams were to fly among the chosen few,
    who laugh in their demise..

  12. JohnnyBoy said on 4th March 2010, 1:31

    Stefan GP being refused an entry is exactly the outcome I expected the moment I first heard about their existence and their intentions simply because I clearly remembered this farce from 2002 involving someone buying a few old Prost GP cars, some old engines and then expecting to turn up at the start of the season and race:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Finance

    The sentimental side of me would always say give the underdogs a fighting chance, surely more cars on the grid is “a good thing”?! But in the cold light of day the rules are quite simple and so they should be to protect the quality of F1′s image as a global sport and as the pinnacle of motorsport; after the deadline for entries, No Entry = No Entry

    The FIA have come under enough flack from, of all people, the established F1 teams themselves for allegedly lowering their standards and allowing “have-a-go heroes” to attempt to put cars on the grid in Bahrain. Of course those nay sayers are the same self indulgent fat cats who have just spent the last decade in the sport being lavished by manufacturer money and have become so blinded by it that they don’t appear to have noticed that nearly all the manufacturers and certainly all of the free-flowing money has gone so I wish they would wake up, smell the bacon, get off their high horses and remember what F1 was like before the mid-90′s, the way it was for decades, with “have-a-go heroes” coming and going but always capturing the hearts of true race fans everywhere for their determination in the face of such adversities as the sheer cost and effort of making it on to an F1 grid. I for one won’t be sneering at Lotus, Virgin or Campos/Hispania when their cars break, instead I’ll be cheering for them when they finish a race in one piece. Those nay saying F1 fat cats seem to need to be reminded that they ALL had to start somewhere and that back then, for them, small successes meant the world. To the new teams I say stay humble, but walk past the established team’s pit garages with pride.

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 4th March 2010, 2:26

      Phoenix Finance and Stefan GP are not in the same boat. Phoenix never actually intended on racing; it was actually an attempt by Tom Walkinshaw to acquire the remains of Prost and cannibalise them to keep his struggling Arrows team afloat.

  13. wasiF1 said on 4th March 2010, 1:35

    So Stefan GP send things in Bahrain for nothing.I am happy that USF1 didn’t make it, & feels very sad for Prodrive that they didn’t get a slot.

  14. VXR said on 4th March 2010, 1:48

    I am not so sure that it is all over for Stefan GP at this moment.

    Apparently the FIA are doing some sort of “business assessment” into the team and they could yet still be OK to turn up in Bahrain.

  15. Why Stefan GP don’t take the USF1 space?

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