F1 » Stefan GP will be in Bahrain – with Villeneuve, Hurley

BBC pundit Eddie Jordan - the man who correctly forecast Michael Schumacher's F1 2010 comeback with Mercedes long before the deal was publicly confirmed - reckons it is a dead cert that Stefan GP will be on the starting grid for the curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir

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March 03, 2010 9:17 AM

All very plausible and just the kind of deal you would expect to be being brokered, except for two hitches: Mike Coughlan and the Cosworth agreement. These details would need shaking out wouldn't they?

alex - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 9:36 AM

Like the proverbial infinite number of monkeys with typewriters typing out Shakespeare, Eddytard was going to be right about something, sometime. Sadly, this seems to mean that some Journalists use this justification to print the drivel that spews from EJ for the next decade as "He as right about Schumacher coming back".

Is he just being used as Bernie's mouthpiece now ? With his intellect he should have stuck to his old habits of forging Car Tax discs and clocking dodgy car odometers, it is more his level.

James - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 10:05 AM

An agonisingly drawn-out saga, and I think not the fault of crash.net because of it. The bookmakers were offering ridiculously stingy odds of 100/1 on USF1 winning the constructors championship in 2010 (compared with 13/8 for Ferrari) about a month ago. They should have been offering 1000000/1 and there wouldn't have been any serious takers. Roll on the new season, can't wait. If Stefan GP get in, at least they are ready to go, even if USF1's smoke and mirrors antics have denied anyone else a spot sooner on and the chance to go testing.

Martin - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 10:40 AM

Well-spotted Fed-Up - no doubt this is simply to boost the hit counter. If Ferrari don't let Stefan race, tehre's not much Bernie can do to get his dodgy mate onto the grid. Eddie Jordan is hardly a reliable source, he may have got lucky with Schumacher but he spends most of his time ranting reactionary drivel.


March 03, 2010 10:56 AM

IF stefan are on the grid at bahrain, it will be interesting to see how fia have managed to break their own rules and the concorde agreement! further, it is a requirement that ALL teams agree, and if they see their income being reduced, they might not be too happy. and then their is the issue of possible litigation from the other hopefule teams, who wouldnt be at all happy. at the end of the day, it is only jordans opinion, and judging by his comments on bbc tv, they are more often wrong than right.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 11:06 AM

I don't think the power of veto applies if Stefan GP buy USF1's 'franchise'. There's enough Precedent - Brawn, Merc, Sauber, Genii. The only difference I can see is that these four were 'seamless', ie ownership changed but the physical (as opposed to legal) entity stayed the same ie factory location, employees etc. The big bollock dropped here from a SGP point of view is that Toyota formally withdrew whereas the others did not. (But of course if they hadn't withdrawn, we wouldn't even had Sauber on the grid). NB the above is based on a bit of knowledge of Concord andf a bit of legal training so don't quote me!


March 03, 2010 11:23 AM

I still don't see how they can get around the concorde agreement without the FAI once again looking like amatuers and potentially bringing the sport into disrepute.

This would once again overshadow the spectacle of the racing like the defusser issue last year.

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