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US F1 Is Officially Out

Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, March 4 2010

usf1 driver, ownerJonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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The FIA has published its official entry list of 12 teams and has denied the bid by US F1 to hold the 13th and final official entry. Instead, the FIA will allow new candidates to apply for the 13th position for the 2011 season.

“The US team have indicated that they will not be in a position to participate in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship,” stated an official release from the FIA. “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 addition to officially ending US F1’s entry, the announcement also confirmed the bid by Stefan GP to replace US F1 on the grid in 2010 has also failed.

“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,” read the official statement.

The announcement also confirmed the Campos Meta team has changed its name under the ownership by Jose Romon Carabante to HRT following last month’s acquisition by the Spanish businessman.

On Thursday, the team unveiled its new Dallara-built chassis and paint scheme with drivers Bruno Senna and driver Karun Chandhok in Spain and apparently will participate in the first free practice prior to the season-opening race in Bahrain on Mar. 14.

The entry list also confirmed BMW Sauber’s place on the 2010 grid, with drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi set to take up driver numbers 22 and 23.

– Jonathan Ingram can be reached at jingram@racintoday.com

Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, March 4 2010
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  • ANM says:

    I hope the next group that undertakes this task will be much more than just the smoke and mirrors this one was from the start.
    I can only hope the fans and sponsors that got scammed by US F1 don’t become too disillusioned by this.
    Simon Gillett has company in Anderson and Windsor.