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F1 entry list published, USF1 are out, no sign of Stefan GP
F1 entry list published, USF1 are out, no sign of Stefan GP
Posted By: James Allen  |  03 Mar 2010   |  11:54 pm GMT  |  132 comments

The FIA has published an official entry list for the 2010 season, with ten days to go to the first race.

USF1 are not on the list, having asked the FIA for dispensation to miss the 2010 season and start in 2011. Meanwhile Campos is now officially rebranded HRT, an unfortunate set of initials, which does not mean Hormone Replacement Therapy, but in fact means Hispania Racing Team. How long it retains that name remains to be seen.

Bruno Senna is named on the official entry list and it is interesting that although HRT was allowed to rebrand before the list was published, they were not able to confirm their second driver in time. This seat is now the only one officially available in F1 and Karun Chandhok is understood to be close to it.

There is no entry for Stefan GP. Bernie Ecclestone has said that the FIA is conducting a business assessment into Stefan and could give the team the green light to race next week if it finds a positive financial basis for the team. However tonight the FIA said

“Having considered the various options, the FIA confirms that it is not possible for a replacement team to be entered for the Championship at this late stage.

“In the coming days the FIA will announce details of a new selection process to identify candidates to fill any vacancies existing at the start of the 2011 season.”

This may well offer other candidates the chance to enter, like Prodrive.

Time was too short. The freight must leave for Bahrain on Friday and the 747 cargo planes will leave from Heathrow (for UK based teams) and Milan Malpensa (for Mainland Europe teams).

It is interesting in passing to note how international the team entries have become. There are nine different team nationalities among the 12 teams. F1 has become like a World Cup of motorsport, the idea that A1 GP had. Despite being based in the UK, many teams will race under licences from other nations. Brawn which was UK registered, is now Mercedes, which will race under a German licence. Lotus is Malaysian, Red Bull is Austrian, Renault is French, Force India is Indian. Meanwhile HRT listed as Spanish for the moment.

Going further than that, McLaren has two British drivers, Mercedes two Germans and Ferrari, unusually in its history, has two latin drivers, while Renault has two Eastern European drivers. There is something there for fans to cheer, pretty much wherever the come from.

Virgin has the last two numbers in the series, 24 and 25. I was up at Wirth Research today in Bicester, from where the team is being run at the moment. I went around the whole operation and was looking into their reliability problems in testing and finding out about their vision for the car this season. I also got to check out a state of the art F1 simulator. I’ll post on the Wirth experience soon.

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I have to say I’m very dissapointed that USF1 failed, not that I’m a USF1 fan but I hoped that it would change the thinking and perception a bit just like Wirth is trying to do.

My question to you however James, is this: Did USF1 fail because sponsors or promised funding didn’t materialze or did they underestimate the costs involved and then sponsors started withdrawing?

Thanks, great blog.


Sounds like sponsor funding fell through, but there may well be something more fundamentally wrong here – not sure yet as I haven’r had a chance to get to the bottom of it.


Ferrari as a car maker is boutique enough to have a full team, like Lotus, McLaren, Lambo, etc. The car makers I refer to are ones that sell more than 100k car units per year or more. Basically everyone we’ve lost. They should just do engines.


The FIA should surely use this website for recruitment. There are so many people here who knew that some of the new teams wouldn’t make it. Wow if only the FIA had had their insight.


Hi James,

What do you make of reports coming from German media that Zoran Stefanovic is (in their words) a fraud?

The article alleges that he exaggerated his credentials to fool Toyota and the FIA, and that he doesn’t really have the money or facilities that he’s claiming.

The Google translation of the article is here:


Stefan sounded shady from day one in my opinion. Now reports the parent company misrepresented themselves to Toyota:


James !

I have notied that drivers entry number 13 is missing from the list between Patrov and Sutil.

any idea, why No:13 is missing.





So now we have HRT. A clear indication that what is perfectly fine in one country can have comedy implications in another.

Maybe we could have Prodrive Motorsport Team joining in 2011 (PMT).

Or Williams renaming as Williams Motorsport Division (WMDs).

I still wont believe Bernie doesnt get his way until the first race on Stefan GP. I dont agree they should get a place, but usually what Bernie wants he gets.


I completely echo previous sentiments of support for Stephan GP. If they show up in Bahrain they should be allowed to race. (Whatever happened to the two containers of team spares that were supposedly already there?) I suspect a majority of spectators would take this view also. With new teams allowed into the private club that is F1 several seconds off the speed of the front runners, more participants would probably result in better racing at the back of the field than at the front. If there is an increased danger factor, when have F1 cars been safer or offered more driver protection? Although I am not a JV fan would love to see an additional world champion out there – and also what had become of the 2010 Toyota’s. FOr once, hope Bernie gets his way (and never thought I would be saying that..)!


My understanding was they were flying all their “stuff” over to Bahrain on their own nickel…is/was that true?


I’ve counted 4 teams under the Cosworth name. I thought the max was 3, can anyone correct me on this please?


Minimum was 3, to make it feasible for Cosworth


Yeah and that was the very condition on how new teams were selected: Cosworth users and non-Cosworth users.


Hi James. Firstly as a JV fan, I’m absolutely gutted that there’s no return for him. That aside however, I’m really struggling to see why Stefan weren’t given a chance. The only possible excuse I see are either a distinct lack of will from the FIA for personal/political reasons or all was not as it seems at Stefan.

Do you think the FIA will do the fans the courtesy of a more detailed explanation for the exclusion?

Also a real shame not to see what the 2010 Toyota was capable of.


James, please don’t fall into the all too common trap of treating all the Eastern European countries as if they are one. You wouldn’t do it with Western European countries, would you? Or countries from South America or Asia?

There are just as many rivalries between Eastern European countries as there are between Western European countries and South American countries. And while it is conceivable that there may possibly be a moderate level of ‘Eastern European’ support for Robert Kubica simply because he is also Eastern European, I believe it is highly unlikely there will be any for Vitaly Petrov. Russian support, yes, but Eastern European support, no. It doesn’t take too much knowledge of history or too much common sense to work out why.

I am not saying that this is necessarily a good thing or a bad thing, it is just what I believe will happen. In fact I think the increasing nationalism in F1 is a shame, because not only will it increase partisan support for certain drivers and teams, it will also lead to an increase in partisan opposition (if you see what I mean) to others, and in my book that is not a healthy development.


What makes you think the nationalism in F1 is increasing? I think it is pretty much as it always was.


Well, I’m just a fan sat by my television and my computer so I can’t really gauge it, but a lot of the journalists in the know (including the more respected ones such as James A and Joe S) are mentioning it so often that I get the feeling they believe it is going to become an issue. I may be wrong.

It doesn’t change my original point about Eastern Europe though. After all would, say, an Austrian fan support a Spanish driver just because they were both Western European?


Bearing in mind that we nearly lost our Felipe last year when a spring fell off a car which was engineered to death, it seems we will have to depend on Dallara’s great experience in car design & preparation to avoid bits falling off the untried and untested HRT entry next week.

Of course, any publicity is good if that’s all you are in F1 for and Sen. Carabante has made it clear that the business aspect is his primary interest. Let’s hope that we are only talking about performance next week and not some unfortunate accident.


Hi James,

Just wondering what you think about the legality of the McLaren rear Wing?

Great web site!!



I’ll be doing something on this soon


I feel the nationality of teams is becoming increasingly irrelevent – it’s a shame when the hard engineering work of a group of multinational engineers gets credited to one nation; especially in cases of the British-based teams where a large British engineering workforce often operate under a totally different flag


James, were you still going to do a blog on F1 and High Definition?


A report on HD is in the pipeline


So does that mean we can read what you type “clearer”…:)


You can add renault to that list aswell


Does it now become clear that the origional Max (I mean FIA) process was centered around anything but racing?

I do think that anyone entering with the remains of the old Toyota team should have been given a place last year already! what is the point of letting unproven beginers (who then don’t pitch up at the last moment) in when you can have a real team? Who decided to do this?


James, I’m missing something here. Where are Sauber registered to, I don’t recognize CHE initials.



CHE = Confoederatio Helvetica (Latin for Swiss Confederation)


Thanks for that


I was thinking the cheq slovaks was getting in to the mix…..its turning in to the 2nd world war



Nathan Bradley

Thanks James


Poland is not Easter Europe and even CIA knows it.


Hahaha…..i like it……iron curtain GP ltd


Even though the Poles regard themselves as Central Europeans or even some of them Western Europeans, in the west they are always described as Eastern. That is because some 20 odd years ago they belonged to the block of communist countries

and that was very Eastern idea. In human minds the border between East and West still lays where the Berlin wall once was. I am afraid Kuba, you have very little chance of changing that for the decades to come.


James what are your feelings on Stepan GP being excluded?

If the FIA wanted to expand the entrants list as they have, and one of the contenders(USF1) failed to make it, why not replace them with Stepan GP?

They have made all the effort and actually have a car, it seems a crazy waste to me not invite them.


You have to look at long term. There is no place for short term thinking in the current situation


James I concur,

But surely this applies to USF1 and Campos(HRT)

too? Stepan GP appear to be better suited to the long term if only because of better funding.

Whats to say this situation wont rear its head in 12 months time?(going on FIA due diligence or lack off)

Back in the 80s teams came and went all the time, I feel Stepan should at least contest some rounds, if only to measyre themselves against the othe newboys.


Quite how the FIA can justify excluding StefanGP whilst including HRT goodness knows…really disappointed there won’t be a Toyota/JV on the grid.


Mike Coughlan….. is “how the FIA can justify excluding StefanGP”


Certainly incensed Ferrari


And I’d think that prospect didn’t go down too well at McLaren!

Quite a trick to get those two to agree!


HRT has already signed the Concorde Agreement, Stefan is on the outside.


I was looking forward to seeing Villeneuve back so I hope Stefan GP can enter.

The only one of the new teams with a turn-key operation and not (yet) accepted.

Fingers crossed they pass a financial inspection and Bernie can open a door for them.


James, do you think the fia are opening the process for new teams rather than just granting StefanGP an entry, because they are worried Ferrari would veto it when the teams are asked? Doing it this way they could fast track the process and not have to ask the teams and thus get StefanGP on the grid, even if they miss a race or two.


Hi James,

Greetings from India and thanks for the very interesting insights coming from the pitlane.

One question – Does this affect the overall points system? Given that the original points system was conceived keeping in mind 26 cars on the grid.


Interesting.. wonder how Sauber’s name will look like

BMW Sauber Ferrari? and if they switch to cosworth in 2011 then BMW-Sauber-Ferrari-Cosworth?!?!

I also read its going to be Lada-Renault somewhere!

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