No 13th F1 team in 2011

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2010

There will be no 13th team on the F1 grid in 2011.

The World Motor Sport Council announced today that none of the applications met their criteria to fill the vacant place on the grid, meaning there will be a maximu mof 24 cars competing in Formula 1 next year.

An FIA statement said:

Following the press release of 19 March 2010 calling for expressions of interest to participate in the 2011 and 2012 seasons of the FIA Formula One World Championship, a number of interested parties expressed their interest.

It was considered that none of the candidates met the requirements to be granted an entry into the Championship.

Consequently, the allocation of the 13th team will not be granted.

Spanish team Epsilon Euskadi and a collaboration between former GP2 team Durango and 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve were among those to have applied.

Epsilon Euskadi recently announced they had begun testing a wind tunnel model of their car for 2011.

Read more: 2011 F1 drivers and teams

Image ?? Lotus F1

56 comments on “No 13th F1 team in 2011”

  1. Disappointing but probably the right decision, Just makes Mosley look stupid for not being able to say no last year.

    I do hope Epsilon can build a package for next year though.

    F1 needs to be open to new teams, as long as they can demonstrate an ability to compete…

    Don’t forget that without the three new teams this year, we only have a 9 team grid, and I assure you, this isn’t because the manufacturers are good for the sport.

  2. I had expected this decision and I think it was the right one, as the decision-making process had been delayed for too long for any team that would have been selected to actually have a decent chance of preparing a somewhat competitive team in time for the next season. I think it would have made much more sense to award a 13th slot for 2012, that would have given a selected team at least six to eight months to build up an operation, do some testing in 2011 and then enter for the following year.

  3. I’d like to see new teams entering the sport, but with reintroduction of 107% rule there is no point in inviting a team which is not prepared and will consistently be outside of this 107%… Or is it?

    Maybe we should look at it the other way: we should invite new teams, even those “unprepared” and see who will make it. Let the 107% rule filter them out.

  4. I don’t understand why FIA does this. I mean, Epsilon Euskadi was a great project last year. Instead, they choosed Virgin, HRT and USF1 (that never raced). And now, there are no conditions for them to become a team. Seriously, this guys need treatment imediatly.

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