The latest potential new entrant into Formula 1 in 2010 has emerged in the shape of Joan Villadelprat – a man who has over the past three decades held key roles in the top flight at Minardi, Benetton, Ferrari, McLaren, Tyrrell, Benetton and Prost.
Following interest expressed in the sport's new 'low-cost' budget-capped era by a David Richards-led Prodrive/Aston Martin/UAE-branded bid, North Carolina-based US GPE, iconic British marque Lola, GP2 Series front-runners iSport International, Mark Gallagher's newly-crowned A1GP Champions Team Ireland, former Honda satellite squad Super Aguri and IndyCar heavyweights Penske and Andretti Green Racing, Villadelprat has become the most recent name to throw his hat into the ring for one of the three additional slots available on next year's starting grid.
Villadelprat currently runs sportscar squad Epsilon Euskadi – which withdrew from the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours early last month – and believes he has everything in place to return to F1 in 2010. The Spaniard departed the fray after Prost Grand Prix collapsed more than seven years ago.
“I have the site, the wind tunnel with the appropriate scale, the determination, everything,” he is quoted as having told Spanish newspaper Marca
Meanwhile, the owner of defending GP2 Series champions Racing Engineering, Crash.net
columnist Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, has intimated that he is similarly working on an entry for 2011.