Epsilon Euskadi president Joan Villadelprat says he “respects” the FIA’s decision not to grant a place to his team for 2011, but the team may yet find another way to get into F1.
First of all, I would like to say that we respect the FIA’s decision of not granting the allocation of the 13th license. If, having all the information about the candidates, they decided that this is the best option is because it must be.
As a personal opinion, I think that it is best to leave it vacant rather than having a team that, given the deadlines and requirements, would almost be impossible to be ready for 2011. We knew it would be very difficult for us to be chosen since, as I always said, we still don’t have the economic package granted.
Without this capital it would be unfeasible to carry out the F1 project that we want. And without this capital neither would we commit ourselves to do it. We have the ideal facilities and work force for Formula 1 and we will keep working to get there sooner or later.
Despite failing to gain a place in F1 for the second year in a row he believes the application the team put forward this year was stronger than their 2009 effort:
This year’s was the same than 2009 but improved; more settled and complete. In 2009 we weren’t yet established at the new headquarters and we were missing the mileage that we currently have.
This year we also moved forward with the model and the human team. This candidacy was even better than 2009 one, the only thing we were missing was the financing, which we had last year.
As rumours link Epsilon Euskadi to struggling outfit HRT, Villadelprat did not rule out some other kind of involvement in F1 in the future:
The 13th license was one way but not the only one to get into Formula 1. We definitely consider other possibilities, which can be very different.
We are talking about options that haven’t occurred yet but, I repeat, we will keep working both on the financial and development packages to be ready for when these options may come up.
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