FIA invites “competitive” new teams to enter F1

2015 F1 season

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Bahrain, 2010The FIA is inviting potential new Formula One teams to apply for a place on the grid from 2015 or 2016.

A statement on the website of the sports’ governing body said the selection process would choose “a candidate team to participate at a competitive level” until the 2020 season at least.

“The overall long-term interests of the championship will determine which candidates are selected,” it added.

Potential applicants have until January 3rd to submit expressions of interest to the FIA.

Formula One has suffered a dearth of new entrants in recent seasons due to spiralling costs. Since 2002 only five new operations have entered the sport, three of which have since left:

Year New team Notes
2002 Toyota Left at end of 2009
2006 Super Aguri Left in mid-2008
2010 Lotus Now Caterham
2010 Virgin Now Marussia
2010 HRT Left at end of 2012

The FIA previously announced a new cost cap will come into effect for teams from 2015, the first year in which the new competitors could arrive.

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105 comments on FIA invites “competitive” new teams to enter F1

  1. manik56 said on 11th December 2013, 22:37

    Let’s see how successful Formula e is. My gut tells me if it is successful, Formula e will become/merge with Formula 1.

    • gweilo8888 said on 11th December 2013, 22:49

      You heard it hear first: It’s going to be a dismal failure. It will run precisely as long as the contracts last, with extremely low viewership — and only that long if loopholes and get-out clauses can’t be found in the contracts.

      The cars sound awful. They look Mickey Mouse. The whole formula has been invented, it seems, to emphasize the shortcomings of the cars. (Electric cars can’t even manage to get to the end of a shorter-than-average, race, it seems. So you have to change cars — not batteries, or recharge, or anything else, but CHANGE CARS — in the middle of the race. And just in case you didn’t notice how shambolic that is, we’ll make you get out of one perfectly good, flat-batteried car, and run halfway down the pit lane while the cameraman follows you, huffing and puffing, to your new car. Whatever do you mean it’d make more sense to change cars side by side, if you have to change cars? Motorsports is all about running, isn’t it?)

      • BJ (@beejis60) said on 11th December 2013, 23:36

        Formula E sounds to be more gimmicky than F1, just like the XFL was when it was trying to compete with the NFL.

      • Let’s wait and see. Personally I’m going to be watching it provided it airs on a channel in the UK that I have access to.

        I don’t actually mind the noise or look of them and if it makes it past a few seasons then I’m sure the rules will get changed as it matures and hopefully it will spawn some decent innovations.

  2. William (@william) said on 11th December 2013, 23:16

    Whatever happened to Scorpion Racing

  3. Hamish said on 11th December 2013, 23:18

    Is it just me or is this “sport” starting the initial phases of disappearing up its own backside?

    • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 12th December 2013, 9:17

      Nope, you are not alone.
      I’ve long thought that F1 was in need of a dose of syrup of figs and then some! It’s not just the obscene overspending, or the pathetic circus-based gimmicks, or even the tyres. It’s the entire machinery that administers, promotes and runs it. From the nit-picking, ham-fisted FIA, to the money-grabbing FOM all the way down to the megabuck celebrities who prance about the grid with their ‘Mechanic’ pit passes.
      Enema’s all round!

  4. Kelsier (@kelsier) said on 11th December 2013, 23:25

    How about double points for new teams?

  5. Since 2002 only five new operations have entered the sport, Toyota, Super Aguri, Lótus/Caterham, Virgem/HRT and none of them won a single race
    I was curious to know what the last one entered and won

  6. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th December 2013, 0:44

    They’ve only got until 3 January? The FIA isn’t giving them much time. But then, I guess that the teams that are most likely to be “competitive” will know straight away if they can commit. I’m guessing that the FIA has Andretti Autosport in mind as one of the potential new teams.

  7. Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 12th December 2013, 1:29

    No one cares about new teams that are eventually going to be last. Furthermore, inviting them in 2015 means they’ll be one full year behind in car development with the new rules. FIA are just making rules up as they go, the don’t have a clear direction or master plan of any kind for the sport.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 12th December 2013, 1:55

      In 12 months time, due to lack of interest and a couple of team failures, customer cars will be back on the table, the FIA having made every effort to find new teams.

  8. Neil (@neilosjames) said on 12th December 2013, 2:32

    I’m imagining… Newey-Brawn F1.

    If anyone can build a new team from scratch, those two can. Sponsors would fall over themselves to be part of it, engine suppliers too, and they wouldn’t lack interested drivers.

    Nice little challenge for the guys who’ve won everything, and Newey deserves his name on a car. I’m guessing both of you religiously read F1Fanatic, so… please?

  9. mike-e (@mike-e) said on 12th December 2013, 4:03

    Id like to see a google f1 team, or microsoft f1, or any other big tech firms getting in on it. Why not? If they got in, its good advertising, they’ve got money to burn, and they could sit in the fota meetings and push things in a more technical direction maybe? Advanced electronics? Google are buying up robotics firms, how about pit crew robots? I want the future, now dang’it!

  10. Jared H (@thejaredhuang) said on 12th December 2013, 4:57

    I always thought it was ridiculous how the old process worked. Teams were only allowed 1 year to, from the ground up, build a car. It much more sensible for teams to be allowed 2 years from the time of the acceptance till they had to race.

  11. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 12th December 2013, 5:32

    With the kind of announcements FIA is making, it seems obvious that they make decisions on impulse .
    With the current model , I doubt if anyone will ever join unless they are bribed or given double points or some thing ( Beware of this if some new team does join as Bernie could have done something in the background with them ). I mean , just take Lotus for example . They are one of the top end teams with shrewd people at the helm and are now relying on driver money to pay last year’s salaries .Who would want to join ? With these kinds of rule making and amateurish quick fix attitude to problem solving , even ‘I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my money’ businessmen would dread to join .I doubt had Red Bull Racing joined now , they would have made it to the points .
    I think the essence of FOM and Bernie’s business model is that ‘No matter what we throw , F1 fans will take it’ . If that barrier is breached , I believe they will get a wake up call to make things more sane .
    I am not cynical of everything FOM wishes to do . All I am saying is that they have to analyse more before coming up with these Fevi-stick responses.
    Mercedes and Ferrari agreed to the double points rule , I suppose . Why no objection from them? If that did happen , then , I can’t imagine their faces next year , if their driver looses out in the final race .
    I am amused by the way that the sport which involves such innovative and brilliant minds at work is governed by a board whose intellect is infinitesimal. Diluting the sport is one , dissolving it is another. I believe ‘true f1′ is on the verge of the latter .

  12. ken (@kenke) said on 12th December 2013, 6:25

    newey should ditch redbull and create Newey GP with the unstoppable N-1

  13. HoHum (@hohum) said on 12th December 2013, 7:03

    And it is not just teams that are going to be wary of F1, consider the position of a 12 year old Karting champion, do you channel another 8 years of dedication towards the goal of being a F1 driver where you will be expected to pay millions to drive for several years in the hope that you have the talent and the luck to be offered a drive by a team that can afford to pay you, or do you look for greener pastures in touring cars, LeMans, Indycar etc. Hell, even classic car racers get paid.

  14. BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th December 2013, 9:30

    Hm, when you look at this “selection process”, not only does an interested party have all the time of the world – until Januari 3rd (making that about 2 work weeks) to apply, but then the FIA will no doubt have a very carefull look at everyone who chipped in their 5000 USD administration fees, with the whole process taking almost 2 months (seriously, last time they took 6 months and look who they picked).

    If the requirements are so low, maybe we really could have a go at bringing together 5k and enter that F1Fanatic Racing team @keithcollantine.

  15. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 12th December 2013, 13:28

    Good news. On another note, I hope that these rule changes coming give Marussia and Caterham a chance to catch up with the other teams. They’re almost there.

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