Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Bahrain, 2010

FIA invites “competitive” new teams to enter F1

2015 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. 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.

    1. @prisoner-monkeys I tend to think that FIA would not even talk about that if there wasn’t already a bunch of investors interested. Furthermore motorists are surely willing to sell more of those expensive engines.

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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?

    1. David not Coulthard (@)
      12th December 2013, 7:47

      Brawn-Briatore (or even Brawn-Andretti or Brawn-Penske!) would be better, I think.

      1. I’m guessing the Briatore name isn’t going to have sponsors falling over themselves quite as much.

  4. 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!

    1. David not Coulthard (@)
      12th December 2013, 7:50

      I’d rather see the Free Software Foundation do so (and have chassis’ named like RMSF115 for the first season)- but I guess that’s just me.

      1. @davidnotcoulthard yeah! and with open-sourced releases of chassis details, engine cartography, … They could even build a transparent car :)

        1. David not Coulthard (@)
          12th December 2013, 12:28

          I prefer the term Free software.

          By the way, the cars (and telemetry) will probably be obfuscated, though :p. It still wouldn’t count as DRM….

          Wait, will that involve Red Bull’s help in adhering to the letters, but not “spirit”, of the license?

          1. @davidnotcoulthard A fan’s team, crowd-sourced, BSD-like license ;)

        2. David not Coulthard (@)
          12th December 2013, 12:29


    2. Jack (@jackisthestig)
      12th December 2013, 13:29

      Surely Google would only be interested if the car were allowed to drive itself.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 .

    1. With the irony with DRS (2010 Abu Dhabi and 2012 Brazil), tyres changing post Silverstone (suited RB more than Ferrari, theres half a chance it will happen.

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

  8. 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.

    1. @hohum – Pay drivers don’t race for free. They are usually paid out of the money they bring to the team.

      1. True, but unless they they have an oil company or one of the worlds richest men as backers they are not making it in the same league as Hamilton or even Webber/Massa for that matter. How well do you think Hulkenberg is doing financially, and do you think there will be a greater or lesser demand to pay to drive in future?

    2. +1
      Nothing to add. Says exactly what is wrong with F1.

  9. 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.

    1. David not Coulthard (@)
      12th December 2013, 12:37

      …which will fail to pre-qualify?

  10. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
    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.

  11. what happened to Scorpio buying HRT and joining the grid this year?

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