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Stefan GP boss calls for expanded grid

Zoran Stefanovich calls on the FIA to expand the F1 entry list to 14 teams to allow Serbian outfit to race in 2010
Stefan GP boss Zoran Stefanovich has called on the FIA to expand the F1 entry list to 14 teams to allow the Serbian outfit the chance to join the grid this season.

Stefan GP has already agreed a deal to secure the 2010 Toyota cars – which will be rebadged as the Stefan S-01 – and has revealed plans to test the car for the first time in Portimao at the end of the month.

Despite having no entry into F1 this season, the team has also shipped freight to Bahrain for the opening round of the year in the hope that an entry will become available before the season gets underway.

With question marks over the participation of both Campos Meta1 and USF1, Stefan GP's best hope of joining F1 would appear to be the failure of one of the newcomers to make it to the grid.

However, Stefanovich insisted he would prefer to see the FIA open F1 up to one more team rather than rely on someone else failing to race, even though he conceded that an entry for his team wouldn't be automatic.

"We think this is the best way to solve the problem,” he told British 'paper The Sun. "We are absolutely aware that the system of granting entries is through the FIA. So we are not expecting someone to give us an entry immediately."

Stefan GP is believed to have already inked a deal with Kazuki Nakajima, while a number of other drivers with F1 experience – including the likes of Ralf Schumacher and Christian Klien – have also been linked with the Serbian squad.

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Powerline 2008 - Unregistered

February 17, 2010 1:31 AM

If Max didn't base the new comers on cutting a deal with Cosworth instead but purely on merits. This wouldn't be a problem today. Lola & Prodrive should be in instead of Campos & USF1.

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