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Stefan GP to hold Portimao launch

Stefan GP announces plans to launch its F1 car in Portugal ahead of three day test
A matter of hours after revealing that it had sent a container of equipment to Bahrain for the opening round of the F1 season, Stefan GP has now revealed plans for the launch and first test of its car in Portugal.

While it doesn't have an entry for the 2010 season, the Serbian outfit continues to push ahead with its plans and has revealed that the Stefan S-01 will hit the track for three days of running at Portimao at the end of the month.

A presentation of the car, which the team says has been developed by Stefan GP with technical support from Toyota, will be held prior to the test. The engine, serviced by Toyota, will be badged as the Stefan RG-01.

A statement from the team revealed that it will test two drivers during the three days or running, the first of which has two years experience of F1.

The logical choice for that driver would appear to be ex-Williams driver Kazuki Nakajima thanks to his Toyota links, although the team has only stated that the 'identity of the drivers will be announced in due course'.

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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 7:13 PM

I agree, looks to me like they've been given the nod. USF1's first driver choice smacked of financial desperation, and Campos have been struggling for a while with finance. Either way, there's no place for under financed new teams in F1, therefore, if Stefan GP have got the money and a car, then they've got to be a better bet. Interestingly, has anyone noticed that's former McLaren Chief Designer Mike Coughlan in the foreground ? They'll be signing Nigel Stepney as Chief Mechanic, Dave Ryan as Sporting Director (hopefully), Pat Symonds as Technical Director and Flav as Team Principal before the end of the month. So long as they don't sign Nelson Piquet Jnr.....

andrew mac

February 02, 2010 6:46 PM

They definately know something or else they would shelve the plans. Either Stefan GP are very clever or extremely foolish and arrogant. USF1 and Campos have both gone quiet so which is for the chop or is it both? Campos in financial difficulties and USF1 with no car and no drivers. My money's on USF1 being gone very shortly, especially as Windy was the only team principle not to sign an agreement preventing the sale of their team (or was it grid slot) before (I think) the start of the season.

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