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Epsilon Euskadi re-launch bid to race in F1

Epsilon Euskadi's team boss Joan Villadelprat says his outfit can be ready for F1 2011, if the FIA gives them enough time.
Spanish outfit Epsilon Euskadi has confirmed that it has re-opened its plans to try and compete in F1.

Following the failure of the US F1 team, there is currently a vacant slot at the pinnacle of the sport and the FIA announced last week that it has opened a new selection process to identify a candidate team for 2011. Applicants have been told to register a 'formal expression of interest' by April 15, with full applications submitted by the end of June.

"We were ready in June [last year], we had the financial support, but for whatever reasons we were not chosen," team boss Joan Villadelprat told ESPNF1.com.

"We will re-open the project and my job is to re-gather all of the support that we had. If the FIA gives us enough time to be ready for next year, we can be in F1."

It is understood that Epsilon Euskadi was considered a serious applicant in 2009 - along with the likes of Prodrive and Lola. However, Villadelprat's team eventually lost out to Lotus, Virgin (formerly Manor Grand Prix), HRT (formerly Campos) and the seemingly defunct US F1. The FIA is expected to make a decision this time in July.

Epsilon Euskadi currently competes in the Le Mans Series and the World Series by Renault.

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Kaisuke Kunimoto - Epsilon Euskadi [pic credit: Renault Sport]

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nono - Unregistered

March 22, 2010 7:22 PM

Villadelprat is a very professional man, his bid should have been respected (more than Campos's for that matter), but it was clear he didn't have the very special political goods needed to please Mosley. What now?


March 23, 2010 12:08 AM

Joan Villadelprat is a top man and if he feels able to take on F1's requirements he knows what he's doing. He was with McLaren right from the beginning, worked with Ferrari, and with Benetton during its best years, so he knows about winning. Equally, having left F1 when Alain Prost's team foundered, he's unlikely to go in with inadequate funding.

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