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Stefan backtracks on criticism

Stefan GP backtracks on criticism of the FIA as it again insists it is ready and waiting to join the F1 grid for 2010
Stefan GP has again insisted it is ready and waiting to take a slot on the 2010 F1 entry list after back-tracking on an extraordinary attack on the FIA and USF1 posted on its website ahead of the weekend.

Following reports that a potential merger between the Serbian outfit and the struggling USF1 team had been blocked by Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor, Zoran Stefanovic's team hit out at the American team and the FIA, insisting that there would be some explaining to do if it wasn't able to race and the 'dreamers from the USA' failed to make it to Bahrain.

Stefan GP also posted a DHL note on its website to show that its container of equipment has been delivered to Bahrain for the opening race of the year.

"In case we don't receive the chance to compete in Bahrain, and also when some of the teams fail to show up, somebody should have trouble explaining what has happened to all of us,” the statement read, “and the dreamers from the USA will have to explain their actions, because they are deliberately weakening F1, dreaming about a perfect world and fairytales of success. And success doesn't come by talking but with hard work and a lot of guts."

However, the team has now back-tracked on that comment after issuing another statement on Sunday in which it reaffirmed its desire to join the grid but admitted it would need the backing of the grid if was to appear.

“SGP would like to re-confirm its desire and, importantly, its ability to compete in the whole of the FIA 2010 Formula One World Championship,” the second missive read. “It recognises that this can only happen with the consent of the FIA and the FOM, but has faith that the Formula One 'family' will make the correct decision in the end.

“There will be no more press releases on this subject and we look forward to being allowed to show everyone our team in Bahrain.”

The previous statement has been withdrawn from the Stefan GP website.

Tagged as: FIA , 2010 , USF1 , Stefanovic , Stefan GP

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February 28, 2010 7:35 PM

@Taz, before disagreeing with mrstylz, and throwing your 15 years in the industry... Go back and read all articles about Chad Hurley's involvement. Nowhere did it say YouTube was gonna be a sponsor. They always talked about the YouTube founder's interest in F1. Never did YouTube (and its majority owner Google) issue ONE press release about sponsoring anything in F1. Google is one of the world's pillars in advertising but they have never advertised anything of theirs (that is, until this year's Superbowl where they had their first and thus far only ad broadcasted once).


February 28, 2010 5:22 PM

Yeah, seems to me like someone high up phoned them and said "hey, you're almost there so don't make it hard on us to promote you once we've ascertained that USF1 is indeed a load of bullsh#%."

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