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FIA publishes 2010 Formula 1 entry list
Posted By: James Allen  |  30 Nov 2009   |  7:23 pm GMT  |  78 comments

The FIA has this evening published the entry list for next season’s F1 championship. There are some interesting points of note.

Branson
First, as expected, Richard Branson’s Virgin is “doing a Benetton” and pushing its brand to the forefront, calling the team Virgin Racing and the cars Virgin Cosworths. Manor is not entering F1 under its own name.

The model here was set out by Benetton in the 1980s and 1990s, whereby it got the maximum brand exposure while getting the sponsors to pay the bills. Virgin Racing has yet to announce its commercial package for F1, but one would expect to find companies which have a strong business to business link with the company, such as an oil company which supplies aviation fuel to the Virgin airlines business. It’s not so obvious a sponsorship for a non related brand as Virgin is such a dominant brand, it would crowd everything else out.

Toro Rosso has yet to confirm Jaime Alguersuari. Only Sebastien Buemi gets a seat at the moment.

Brawn has indicated to the FIA that it is requesting a name change to Mercedes Grand Prix, not Mercedes F1, which is interesting. And as the situation has yet to be resolved over Toyota’s withdrawal from F1 and whether Sauber will get the entry, at present Toyota’s name is mentioned, without being entered and given race numbers, while Sauber is not mentioned. I will post separately on this.

There are five Germans in the field, Nick Heidfeld should make that six when he signs up and if that should happen to be for Sauber, for example, it will mean that there is a German driver six out of the 13 teams, an unprecedented situation in the sport.

At Ferrari, Felipe Massa is given car number seven – lucky for some – and Fernando Alonso number eight. Generally the lower numbered car in a team is regarded as the lead car, but in this case I don’t think Ferrari intend any seniority implications.

Whoever drives the lead car for US F1 will be feeling pretty good about life – car number 22 has won the world championship for the past two seasons running!

Red Bull is down as being powered by Renault engines, which is everyone’s understanding, but has yet to be confirmed. Whatever Renault may decide about its participation in F1, I understand that they will continue to supply engines to Red Bull.

1 Jenson BUTTON (GB) VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES McLAREN MERCEDES
2 Lewis HAMILTON (GB) VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES McLAREN MERCEDES

3 Nico ROSBERG (D) BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM BRAWN MERCEDES
4 TBA BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM BRAWN MERCEDES

5 Sebastian VETTEL (D) RED BULL RACING RED BULL RENAULT
6 Mark WEBBER (AUS) RED BULL RACING RED BULL RENAULT

7 Felipe MASSA (BR) SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO FERRARI
8 Fernando ALONSO (E) SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO FERRARI

9 Rubens BARRICHELLO (BR) AT&T WILLIAMS WILLIAMS COSWORTH
10 Nico HULKENBERG (D) AT&T WILLIAMS WILLIAMS COSWORTH

11 Robert KUBICA (PL) RENAULT F1 TEAM RENAULT
12 TBA RENAULT F1 TEAM RENAULT

14 Adrian SUTIL (D) FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM FORCE INDIA MERCEDES
15 Vitantonio LIUZZI (I) FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM FORCE INDIA MERCEDES

16 Sebastien BUEMI (CH) SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO STR FERRARI
17 TBA SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO STR FERRARI

18 TBA LOTUS F1 RACING LOTUS COSWORTH
19 TBA LOTUS F1 RACING LOTUS COSWORTH

20 TBA CAMPOS META 1 CAMPOS DALLARA
21 Bruno SENNA (BR) CAMPOS META 1 CAMPOS DALLARA

22 TBA US F1 TEAM US F1 COSWORTH
23 TBA US F1 TEAM US F1 COSWORTH

24 Timo GLOCK (D) VIRGIN RACING VIRGIN COSWORTH
25 TBA VIRGIN RACING VIRGIN COSWORTH

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  1. James, hi – which 3rd Brit’ would you say has the best credentials for a F1 drive? I do worry that Jenson and Lewis being in the same team now means all our eggs are somewhat in one McLaren basket. No doubt it will be a good car but would be nice to see a Brit’ or two in other teams to spread the interest. 6 Germans – good grief!

    Anthony Davidson > Virgin? Would be nice.

    1. James Allen says:

      It would, but it’s not sounding likely at the moment. Gary Paffett deserves a chance. He’s won in everything and he’s been a McLaren tester of sorts

      1. Flintelli says:

        Gary Paffet was awesome on DTM. Cracking driver and would love to see him in F1.

      2. Westy says:

        Paul di Resta also deserves to be on the grid next year. Having beaten Manor team mate Sebastian Vettel to the F3 Euroseries title in 2006, he’s also shone in the DTM. I would have thought Manor/Virgin would have been interested in getting him back on board. Hopefully the Force India test will go well!

      3. Jay Rooney says:

        I couldn’t agree more re: Paffet- great racer that deserves a chance in F1- have you heard any rumors regarding a possible chance with USF1- assuming they make it? (which I hope they will).

  2. Oliver Drew says:

    I assume that some team will fill that void then James – the number 26 and 27 cars? I know you said you were going to post on Sauber, but what are the implications if this Stefan GP team (supposedly) buy Toyota – can F1 grid positions be transferred in this way?

  3. Adam Baldock-Apps says:

    How come senna is car 21 and not 20?

    1. John says:

      I guess they reserved the “20″ for their lead driver – obviously not a rookie like Senna.

      Seems like they’re targeting a veteran for this slot (Truli?)

    2. Vittorio says:

      Probably because he requested that number? No opionion though :-S

      1. Paul says:

        He probably did select #21. He’s had that number on his cap and other merchandise for some time now. Not sure of the significance.

        Speaking of car numbers, how did they allocate car numbers for the new teams? I would have thought that USF1, Campos and Virgin would have got lower numbers than Lotus as they got entries into the championship before Lotus.

        Also, I would have thought they would have kept numbers 9-12 free as these would have been the numbers for the departing teams Toyota and BMW. Is there any reason why they moved them all up?

      2. Stu says:

        Ayrtons birthday was March 21st. Another possible reason.

      3. Raul says:

        He is sponsored by Embratel, a Brasilian/Mexican telecom company. 21 is the number you dial when you use their services here in Brasil.

      4. Vittorio says:

        And so this also answers why FIA didn’t put the new teams in alphabetical order which would have been the right thing to do: probably Campos asked this number. Sponsor rule, as always :-D

      5. Rich says:

        surely that’s too good to be true! ;)

    3. Olivier says:

      … it is reserved to Nelsinho and the well funded Piquet family. This sounds funny, although it would make sense:

      A little latin team would be a great place to give Nelsinho a second chance.

    4. Fil says:

      From Bruno Senna’s Twitter account..

      BSenna

      Nothing like coming back to the number that I had on my first successful year in motor racing! Good memories from ‘06 in British F3 with #21

  4. Saif says:

    I have a query, Brawn took over Honda and had car numbers 22 and 23, even though had Honda been there they would have had lower car numbers.
    Now with Mercedes taking over Brawn, shouldn’t they be having higher car numbers as compared to them being given numbers as per the result of Brawn in 2009??

    1. Jameson says:

      Brawn GP would have had 18 and 19; however, with Honda’s exit, Force India took those numbers and created promotional material. When Brawn GP secured the spot, they voluntarily gave up those numbers and took the last grid slots. There are a few pictures floating about showing the 18 & 19 numbers on the in Brawn GP colors–they’re somewhat a chore to find though.

      The number 1 follows the World Champion with the rest of the numbers being given in order based on the place in Constructor’s Championship. That’s why Mercedes GP has cars 3 and 4.

  5. martin_tf says:

    Its nice to see Lotus Cosworth in writing.

    1. Flintelli says:

      Just a shame its not Lotus racing!!! Just a malayisan firm!

      1. James Allen says:

        But they do own Lotus. It will all be reunified in time

    2. Vittorio says:

      Just an “adventure”: nothing in common with the old glorious Lotus team

  6. Paul says:

    Why is there no number 13? Surely it’s not down to superstition?

    1. Rich says:

      Joe Saward has blogged on that one.

  7. Meeklo says:

    What will Branson name the team after it wins its first race?

    1. Werewolf says:

      Can Virgins score??

    2. Howard Hughes says:

      “Deflowered Grand Prix”

  8. Brendan Shanks says:

    Why will Campos be “CAMPOS DALLARA” instead of “CAMPOS COSWORTH” like all the other new entrants?
    Is Dallara going to be rebranding the Cosworth engine?

  9. Vittorio says:

    Imagine Richard Branson did this operation with BrawnGP. Now he would be world champion and it really would have been a remake of what Benetton did in 1994

    1. James Allen says:

      But this way the idea is it costs him a lot less and he gets much more brand value

      1. Vittorio says:

        Yes, but Ross Brawn asked Branson to sponsor the team at the start of last season, when BrawnGP was nothing. So it would have cost him very little and now he really could have had brand value.

  10. Philip Taylor says:

    James,

    Just on the note that Brawn has requested the change to Mercedes Grand Prix not F1, what happened to the argument Bernie had with US F1 that he owned the rights to the name F1?

  11. F1 Kitteh says:

    So Sauber (Ferrari) will get 27, how about put Villeneuve in it?

  12. Chris Crawford says:

    I just can not wait for 2010 to start. This is my 22nd year of following F1 pretty much as a religion!

    Just wondering though what era before had such changes like we are seeing in 2009/10.

    I’m drawing a blank, obviously in 95 when cars went skinnier and wore treads but really this is such a turn around. And it’s great for F1! I’m
    so pleased

    1. Malcolm says:

      It was 1998 when the cars became narrower and ran with grooved tires. 1992 was the last year of the wide tires, before running the narrower slicks until 1997. They should go back to the sizes run in ’92!

  13. Hugo says:

    Is this man serious about staying in F1 for many years or not?

  14. Fil says:

    How were the new teams allocated their numbers?
    Lotus were the last team to be admitted, yet they received the lowest numbers..

  15. Werewolf says:

    In all of this, Kovalainen’s name seems to be mentioned less and less. With Kobayashi seemingly connected to Renault, it looks like a new team or nothing. Germany 6 Finland 0!

    1. Raul says:

      There’s a german-finn guy there, anyay.

      1. John F says:

        By heritage yes, on paper no … ;-)

      2. Raul says:

        In the exact same position. Nelsinho Piquet chose to be Brasilian and not German, for example.

  16. Dominic J says:

    In F1, I always understood that 5 was the magic number (Vettel), although Sauber might score a coup ending up with Ferrari engines AND the number 27. Who wants that drive – Giancarlo Fisichella, if Heidfeld moves to Mercedes? I’m assuming they’ll go the Williams approach of 1 vet, 1 rookie.

  17. Jameson says:

    I’m getting concerned for USF1 again. They are still without any drivers officially announced, and their only serious prospect hasn’t been driving in open wheels for three years.

    On a comical note, Virgin Racing sounds like some sort of twisted pornography and motor sport hybrid…

  18. Olivier says:

    What if USF1 does not make it, would Sauber be allowed to take their spot?

    1. James Allen says:

      Yes, if any team doesn’t make it

  19. Jason C says:

    Do you think the large German presence is down to Michael Schumacher, James?

    1. James Allen says:

      Yes as an influencer. It’s the same with Brazil and Fittipaldi. He broke through into the big time, inspired a generation of kids and Senna, Piquet, Barrichello etc followed. Alonso is doing the same for Spain now

  20. Westy says:

    James, as Lotus were the last team to sign up for 2010, how come they haven’t been assigned the final 24 & 25 numbers? And do the numbers show the order the teams will be arranged down the pit lane? Thanks and congratulations on producing an excellent website.

    1. James Allen says:

      Great question. I’ll find out. Normally the team with cars 1 & 2 is at the sharp end of the pit lane and the bottom numbers are at the other end. How they established a priority among new teams I’ll have to ask the FIA

      1. Joe says:

        What I’m more intrigued to know is not how the new teams fight over what garages they get, but who gets the largest/best? This would normally go to the constructors champions, would it not, but as that team has since been taken over by Mercedes and is therefore a different team, do Mercedes get it? Or does it have to be in driver number order so team with 1 and 2 in, then team with driver 3 and 4 in…etc?

  21. George Wilson says:

    Probably a very stupid question, but why is the name written twice, with it different the second time? I’m guessing the first name is the official ‘brand’, but the second name is the one we’ll see on the timing screens?

    1. Malcolm says:

      Close. The first is the team name (i.e. Force India F1 Team), and the second is the chassis make and engine (i.e. Force India-Mercedes).

    2. Malcolm says:

      The first part is the team name (“Force India F1 Team”) and the second is the chassis constructor and engine make (“Force India-Mercedes”), with the exception of those teams who make the chassis and engine themselves, like Renault, Ferrari, and Mercedes (and Honda, Toyota, etc, in the past), where they would only list the name once (“Ferrari” rather than “Ferrari-Ferrari”)

      (Not sure if my first comment went through or not. If so, please delete it.)

    3. Jameson says:

      The first name is the team name which is more for publicity, and advertisement. Vodafone benefits from having their name in front of McLaren Mercedes, as you can see by their logo emblazoned upon all of the team’s gear. The second name is the actual name of the constructor for the purpose of the Constructor’s Championship. Following the constructor’s name is the engine manufacturer–Red Bull Renault, for example.

      Some curiosities are Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro which has the title sponsor after the team name (possibly due to tobacco sponsor rules) instead of in front. Also, Campos Meta 1 is odd in the fact that the Dallara name follows the constructor’s, which breaks convention, as it should be Cosworth. It may have something to do with engine supplier limitation, but more than likely it is because Dallara is the company actually building the chassis. It does beg the question: why isn’t the team just called Dallara F1?

    4. Rory H says:

      Yes. The first name is the official entry ie ‘Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ and the second name is the chassis and engine manufacturer, ie for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes the chassis is manufactured by McLaren and the car is powered by a Mercedes engine. This is why you only see ‘Ferrari’ in the classifications and timing screens, rather than ‘Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro’, as Ferrari manufacture both the chassis and the engines.

  22. tom says:

    I thought that F1 was a registered trade mark of FOM and they don’t like other people using it.

    I remember reading that US F1 where asked to rename and they became USGPE, what changed?

    1. James Allen says:

      Well not exactly, the UK IP office ruled that you cannot trademark F1 because it is a generic term. It’s a bit of a grey area. As for USGPE, they had to do that until they got an official entry. There is still some negotiation to be done between them and FOM about what they can do with the name USF1, this is one of the reasons they have been quiet on the PR front I imagine.

  23. Rhys says:

    Why is Senna the second driver of the team rather than the first?

    And, what is the difference with the Brawn takeover of Honda, and the Merc take over of Brawn, as Brawn were classed as a new team, and merc GP is not.

    thanks

    1. Med says:

      I think it’s because Honda pulled out and sold the team on, whereas Merc have bought into the existing team and applied to have the name changed

  24. Lex says:

    Not sure about lower number meaning team leader, never been the case.

    Massa has the higher number as Alonso is the outsider joing the team, same as Raikkonen in 2007.

    Why is 7 lucky james?????????

    1. Med says:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_(number)

      A rather longwinded page about all things seven…

      Anyway, based on all that, some culures view the number seven as being lucky

  25. Bami says:

    Felipe Massa finally derserves some luck

    (7)
    � Pythagoreans called it the perfect number, 3 and 4, the triangle and the square, the perfect figures.

    � Seven ancient planets – the sun was the greatest planet of the ancient seven and next to the sun, the moon, changing in all its splendour every seventh day. Seven visible planets and luminaries (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn).

    � Books …The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T E Lawrence, Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven series … Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People … Reiki and the Seven Chakras …

    � Seven Deadly Sins.

    � The Trumpton fire brigade. (Pugh, Pugh, Barney, Magrew, Cuthburt, Dibble and Grub)

    � Seven Seas

    � In Chinese culture, the seventh day of the first moon of the lunar year is known as Human’s Day to be celebrated as the universal birthday of all human beings.

  26. Zami says:

    Hi James, I was wondering what the driver anouncement deadline is. So many teams yet to confirm their drivers line up for 2010!!! why are they taking so long? If Saubar and Toyota both end up getting entry, how is FIA gonna number those teams? Why does it even matter what no the cars get? I thought the car no is based on the result in previous season. Alot of things still don’t make sense. Well, good luck to the new teams anyway. Yet to see how long these teams last (without any testing they need luck more than just a F1 team)

  27. Mark Boyer says:

    At the Tour de France they do have the number 13 but the rider usually wears it upside-down to avoid possible misfortune. I’m surprised Formula 1, with all its technological advancements, aren’t aware of this simple precaution.

    1. Rich C says:

      LOL
      Its *too simple!

  28. Paige Michael-Shetley says:

    Massa was given the lower number because he scored more points for Ferrari last season, even if Alonso scored more total points. This is the way it’s always done; for instance, Webber had the lower numbered car this year at Red Bull even though Vettel had more points in 2008 for the same reason.

    The only time I can recall in which this wasn’t done is this past year, when Brawn gave Button the lower-numbered car. (Although technically, Brawn were a “new” team.)

  29. Mehtab says:

    James,

    I had a question about the Campos entry. I know that Dallara is designing their cars, but was wondering why the Cosworth name isn’t attached. It seems to be the norm to have the engine manufacturer included in the title. Does it come with financial repercussions as far as naming is concerned?

    1. James Allen says:

      Good point. They are definitely using Cosworth. But they are the only ones using an outside chassis builder and that needs to be specified

      1. Rich C says:

        Don’t they still have to own the intellectual property rrights to their car designs?
        So, then, if they do things the way other businesses do, they have made some microscopic change in the ‘standard’ Dallara and rebadged it?

  30. Rich says:

    Branson has a strange way of operating doesn’t he? He keeps it quiet all year despite eveyone knowing about it then lets his Manor takeover be announced on the FIA entry list.

  31. Chris Crawford says:

    Thanks for correcting me!

  32. Mario says:

    4 Robert Kubica (PL) BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM BRAWN MERCEDES, or so I wish.

  33. Tufty says:

    Does anybody know what the new teams are going to look like on the grid?

  34. Pierre says:

    James,
    Considering the refueling ban next year, and what you know about next Bridgestone tires, do you think a race without any stop will be a possible strategy? For races like Monaco or Hungary where overtaking is a real challenge?

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