F1 » Villeneuve: Stefan GP would be 'best newcomer'


Jacques Villeneuve backs Stefan GP to impress if Serbian team secures a place on the 2010 F1 grid

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richard

February 22, 2010 10:45 AM

jacques would talk up stefan, as he wants a drive! but many seem to have overlooked ntech. they have experience at building cars, and they had the courage to challenge maxs unfair selection process!

i see that teixeira is now considering suing campos, as he claims that he had a binding contract!

this season will be more about the newcomers than ever before. so lets do the talking on track!!!

Taz

February 22, 2010 10:59 AM

Well I think the Stefan thing is gaining momentum as they have a chassis that's ready to race (apparently), have already got equipment shipped to the two 1st rounds etc and drivers in place.

I think something has to give in the next week or two, surely Todt can see (probably not though) the damage this does to the sport.

I don't think it's fair on ntech or prodrive but since when has F1 been fair ? :rolleyes:

Mark - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, i really don't think Stefan GP will get a grid slot. I've just got this horrible feeling that USF1 will scrape through, holding on with their fingernails, to produce a season of missed races and poor performances. A shame when you consider all the teams that could have filled that slot.

Cardinal

February 22, 2010 11:07 AM

I just don't get why Todt is so quiet on all this. No comment from him on the Stefan situation, or on USF1 dying on their a$$, or 'Campos'. I thought he was the head of the FIA now, so why no official word on the state of the new teams? Is he waiting to be told what to do by Max or Bernie, or are the FIA still as incompetent as they always were? Bahrain is just weeks away, and we still don't know which teams will be racing FFS.

James Montgomery

February 22, 2010 11:09 AM

The base of the car will be good since it's Toyota... they just need good drivers!! I am hoping that the return to slicks and the changing rules to bring back more mechanical grip rather than aerodynamic grip will suit villeneuve.... he seemed to have lost speed ever since the "Grooved" tyres came in.

Eitherway I would much prefer to see another team in F1 rather than 1 who's asking for a couple of races off so they can sort them selves out! Besides... Europian team.... might help boost Europe in F1 again before it all goes to Asia? :rolleyes:

Commodore S - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 11:47 AM

Quite frankly I do not see where the lack of patience and/or ill temperament J.V has in his personality would play with Stefan who as newcomers would be seeking input and advice in lieu of tantrums as to the performance of the car

richard

February 22, 2010 1:18 PM

cardinal. the fia are quiet because they are not involved in any way at present. usf1 is an entered team, and even if they did not turn up for the whole season, the only sanction is FINES. until usf1 wirhdraw their entry or fia sack them, there is no need for any response. even if usf1 did withdraw officially, there is NO requirement for a replacement. the grid position may then be opened to ANY other team, who could apply. there is a short list, and stefan is NOT top of the pile, although it may suit some to see them get the slot. if they did, prodrive, lola and ntech would be able to sue. (that is unless the rules are changed again)

Barry - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 2:06 PM

Villeneuve would be a good choice for the team because he can bring experience. An ex-F1 Champ on the team can surely help? Also, his 'name' and past status could attract sponsors. If the team had 2 drivers with little experience, you might not be sure that the car is pushing its potential, but someone who was a title holder can't be bad for a new team? They can't have had M.Schumacher (pre-Brawn buyout and rebrand for Merc. looking to buy glory) at Stefan, could they? And some experienced people will have the upper hand over inexperienced staff, you would have thought.

andrew.

February 22, 2010 6:34 PM
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More importantly, the StefanGP car was meant to be fired up on the 19th. Did this happen? Any news on it?

I notice that crash has missed this and the news that Stefan have cancelled the test at Portimao as Bridgestone are not going to supply them tyres until they have secured a grid entry.

Autosport have reported that Stefan have nearly agreed terms with Villeneuve.

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