The Last Space on the 2010 Grid

August 10, 2009

The FIA had set itself the target of 13 teams to compete in the 2010 World Championship. The withdrawal of BMW from F1 and Peter Sauber’s failure to put together a package to allow the former BMW team to sign the new Concorde Agreement has meant that a space now exists for 2010.

So who will fill it? Well clearly there are hopes from Hinwil in Switzerland that a Sauber based package will be put together, but there is now no guarantee that this would be accepted by the FIA. There are also some strong contenders from those who were unsuccessful in their proposals back in July 2009. Many commentators were surprised that David Richard’s Prodrive based proposal and Joan Villadelprat’s Epsilon Euskadi project were not accepted by the FIA. Both Richards (ex Honda & Benetton) and Villadelprat (ex Tyrrell, Benetton & Prost) know how to run F1 teams, as of course does Peter Sauber. There are, as yet, no details from the FIA as to the process or the timeframe for selecting the thirteenth team, but if the team is going to be up and running for 2010 it needs to be soon.

David Richards enjoying a cigar, Imola 2004

David Richards enjoying a cigar, Imola 2004

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