F1 » Epsilon 'worried' about 'tiny' preparation time for 2011 entrants

Joan Villadelprat - team chief of F1 2011 hopeful Epsilon Euskadi - has expressed his fears that the fact that the FIA will not make a decision until August could harm the successful applicant's chances of being competitive

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racer - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 12:33 PM

Oh good, just what F1 needs, 2 more mobile chicanes to clog up traffic and get lapped 6 times per race.

Please, instead of burning up millions going nowhere in F1 donate your money to cancer research. Much more useful.

Cbee - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 12:59 PM

I expect the 2010 new teams will be on midfield pace, leaving the new team 3 seconds further back with no competition leading to boring races, no sponsors and then leaving the series...

Smart move FIA.


June 17, 2010 1:03 PM

whoever gets the nod, could be using a renault or ferrari engine, so might at least have some chance. however, the fia is being very awkward! hrt and manor had a much longer time to get ready, and failed miserably. lotus had a similar short time, yet has been able to get their act together and outperform the other two. usf1 had 5 years and couldnt do it either. however, lotus seem to have relied heavily on work done at force indias expense. maybe that is why they were able to cope??
but , i wonder. with rules not being finalised, and repeated rumblings about "third cars", maybe the new team will be able to buy a ready made car?? that wouldnt be a bad thing!

quentin - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 1:24 PM

come on people they all got to start someware and with no testing allowed these days how else is a team supposed to do any running apart from race meetings, so stop moaning about them being mobile chicanes remember last year look were mclaren were with their car with the experience they got and came up with a dog of a car at the begining of the season but improved it to one of if not the fastest by the season end. so they all need a chance to start


June 17, 2010 1:34 PM

Agree with Quentin. All teams have to start somewhere (except for Ferrari who seem to have been around forever)This year's new teams are not exactly great, but that was due to the flawed selection process. And the fact that it took so long for some of them, the start up time was nowhere near enough. If ART or Epsilon get the 13th grid slot, they will do so much better than this year's mob, but of course with the FIA dragging their heels as usual, again time will be short, and with the limited testing, don't expect miracles straight off. But more teams is good for F1. The crap ones will fall away and die pretty quickly.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 1:50 PM

@Epsilon they are the rules, get on with it or move aside.
However, on the general point of makeweight backmarker mobile chicane slothes getting in the way, that's actually an element of chance that has been reintroduced this season that we haven't seen since the late 80's, and I like it. OK it might ****** up your fave's race (especially if you were an FA fan in Canada!) but it should even itsself out over time.

Conger - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 3:17 PM

Unlimited testing for teams in their first year of F1 seems very sensible to me.

Therefore if properly funded they will have a proper chance to get on the pace.

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