F1 » Stefan GP cans Portimão test, but close to sealing driver line-up

F1 2010 hopeful Stefan GP has stumbled upon its first setback in its bid to join the grand prix grid this year - as a lack of Bridgestone tyres causes its planned Portuguese test to be called off - whilst Jacques Villeneuve prepares to join fellow ex-Williams ace Kazuki Nakajima on the driving strength

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February 23, 2010 11:08 AM
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They need FIA endorsement for Bridgestone to be able to supply, otherwise Bridgestone would be in breach of its contract.

Also an FIA endorsement before the start of the season, is basically admittance that Max Mosley made one of the biggest balls ups in F1 governance history.

All to put "one over" the manufacturers.

There is an interesting leak in the press today of a certain high up Ferrari figure(as high as you can get apparently). No names were quoted but the piece was directed at the FIA and Mosley and it had all the venom of DiMontezemelo.
In this instance his Venom is very well placed! :)

Si23 - Unregistered

February 23, 2010 12:32 PM

I say give these guys a chance they seem to have set up a serious operation with sufficent funding - kick USF1 out and let Stefan GP Race.

Prehaps USF1 could go and join the Indy Racing League and their "Awesome :-)" 300 Horsepower Batmobiles of the future (Delta Wing).

Also JV might not have set the world alight in F1 since he won the title, however I would not mind seeing him back on the grid you can at least rely on him to try a few moves and start some trouble :-)


February 23, 2010 12:57 PM

Stefanovic is very unlikely to be granted any F1 entry even if teams drop out as he has not been through the necessary procedures and the FIA cannot afford to bend the rules for him as that would create a precedent which would not be a good idea.

If an entry is not forthcoming, Stefanovic says that he will run the team anyway and use the cars to prepare for an entry in the future, while also providing other teams and young drivers with the chance to test a full spec F1 car which is not covered by the testing ban. Thus, if Ferrari needs to test a new driver as happened last summer Stefan GP will be available for rent. Similarly wealthy drivers can get mileage in the car, if they pay.

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