Posted on April 11, 2014

Formula 1 will have 12 teams and 24 cars on the grid next season after the US based team Haas Racing was granted a licence to compete by the FIA. This follows a consultation process, whereby the team’s plans, financial position and other aspects were carefully assessed by an FIA panel in early March. The panel comprised FIA deputy president for sport Graham Stoker, Charlie Whiting and other FIA figures as well as auditors, with input from Bernie Ecclestone’s FOM as well. The team has just over nine months from now to produce a car to take part in the More…

Posted on July 4, 2010

There are three new teams on the grid this season and next year there is set to be another. USF1 failed to make it along the way. So what is it like being a new team and what do established teams like McLaren think about how they are performing? This was one of the subjects being discussed at the Fans Forum in London this week, where 150 fans came face to face with key team members and set the agenda for the discussion. The panel for the Forum was led by Martin Whitmarsh, FOTA chairman and team principal of Vodafone More…

Posted on March 19, 2010

The FIA has today announced that the application process for teams wishing to apply for the 13th and final slot on the F1 grid is now open and will close on 15 April. This is the slot created by the failure of USF1 to make it this season. Teams who wish to race in the 2011 and 2012 seasons must submit an expression of interest before then. The FIA will then undertake a process of due diligence. After 2012 there will be a new Concorde Agreement, but clearly any team which is accepted and which signs the existing Concorde Agreement More…

Posted on March 2, 2010

There is plenty of movement going on behind the scenes this week among the new teams and aspirant teams with the new season starting next week. Campos is undergoing a name change today and this will be made public shortly. Sections of the Spanish media have suggested that it will be called “Hispania Racing”, in line with the new majority owner Jose Ramon Carabante’s business enterprises. However it is clear that this team is becoming increasingly German since former Force India team principal Colin Kolles took the reins. The team is set to run out of the former Opel DTM More…

Posted on November 12, 2009

As the old season fades from view attention is now on the new teams. Campos Meta team yesterday unveiled Bruno Senna at a ceremony in its native Murcia region of Spain. He is the first driver to be officially confirmed by one of the four new teams entering F1 next season. Campos is backed by the Murcia region, but is dependent on sponsorship from drivers to secure its place on the grid. Senna has some money from Embratel, but according to Adrian Campos, it is looking less likely that Pedro de la Rosa will get a seat as Spanish sponsors More…

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