F1 Extra: USF1 is officially dead for 2010
The FIA has issued two press releases today.
FIA Formula One World Championship
The USF1 Team have indicated that they will not be in a position to participate in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship. 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.
[url=http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81830]USF1 will not be part of the 2010 grid[/url] nor will there be a replacement team including [url=http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81828]Stephan GP[/url]. The closing line promises a decision soon on how things will proceed for the 2011 season team selection but there is much wiggle room in the wording. DonÔÇÖt expect a definitive process to be announced until well into the season.
Hispania racing is the only team with a seat open at this late date. Speculation has centered on USF1ÔÇÖs Lopez moving to fill that seat. Bruno Senna was signed first by the team but is listed as the second driver. Senna had agreed to second billing with the expectation the team would sign an experienced driver as team leader. Jacque Villeneuve has been signed by Stephan GP but could end up in the Hispania seat for this season on a loan basis.
F1 is full of things that make me wonder. BMW will be on the grid in 2010 if in name only. In a previous incarnation of this list anticipated changes to team names were noted. Brawn GP appeared on one list with the notation that they would become Mercedes GP once the paper work had been filed. BMW Sauber was to be renamed at some latter date but before the seasons beginning. Oops. The teams name will go down in the official record as BMW Sauber Ferrari to start the season. BMW is incredibly protective of its name and the Roundel. How did this slip by? Did it slip by?
FIA Formula One World Championship - Entry List
No. Driver Team Constructor[/b]
1 Jenson BUTTON (GBR)
2 Lewis HAMILTON (GBR) VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES (GBR) McLaren Mercedes
3 Michael SCHUMACHER (DEU)
4 Nico ROSBERG (DEU) MERCEDES GP PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM (DEU) Mercedes Benz GP Limited
5 Sebastian VETTEL (DEU)
6 Mark WEBBER (AUS) RED BULL RACING (AUT) Red Bull Racing Renault
7 Felipe MASSA (BRA)
8 Fernando ALONSO (ESP) SCUDERIA FERRARI
MARLBORO (ITA) Ferrari
9 Rubens BARRICHELLO (BRA)
10 Nico H?£LKENBERG (DEU) AT&T WILLIAMS (GBR) Williams Cosworth
11 Robert KUBICA (POL)
12 Vitaly PETROV (RUS) RENAULT F1 TEAM (FRA) Renault
14 Adrian SUTIL (DEU)
15 Vitantonio LIUZZI (ITA) FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM (IND) Force India Mercedes
16 S?®bastien BUEMI (CHE)
17 Jaime ALGUERSUARI (ESP) SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO (ITA) STR Ferrari
18 Jarno TRULLI (ITA)
19 Heikki KOVALAINEN (FIN) LOTUS RACING (MAL) Lotus Cosworth
21 Bruno SENNA (BRA) HRT F1 TEAM (ESP) HRT Cosworth
22 Pedro DE LA ROSA (ESP)
23 Kamui KOBAYASHI (JPN) BMW SAUBER F1 TEAM (CHE) BMW Sauber Ferrari
24 Timo GLOCK (DEU)
25 Luca DI GRASSI (BRA) VIRGIN RACING (GBR) Virgin Cosworth