The Epsilon Euskadi team has been backed as the best option when it comes to choosing a 13th team for the 2011 F1 season - albeit by the president of the Spanish Automobile Federation.

Epsilon Euskadi missed out on a place on the grid for 2010 but has expressed an interest in now making the move into the top level of the sport next year, with ART Grand Prix and Stefan GP amongst its rivals for the vacant position.

Speaking to the Spanish 'paper Marca, Carlos Garcia said that the team headed by Joan Villadelprat had a better chance of securing an entry under new FIA president Jean Todt and was more than capable of becoming a success if it can get onto the grid.

"They have more than enough to be in Formula 1 on merit and we're going to push for it," he said. "When the 'old' FIA granted licenses to be in Formula 1, it was done with some haste and not by accurately assessing the infrastructure easy team had. I think it's likely that that would be done differently now and I have high hopes that it will be.

"They have already demonstrated, both from a technical and professional side, that they could have made a car for Le Mans but unfortunately they were only unable to continue due to financial problems. "If they've been able to make that car, they are able to design a Formula 1 chassis and become a reputable team - I think there's many possibilities."

Should Epsilon Euskadi secure an entry it would give F1 two Spanish teams, with Hispania Racing having joined the grid this year.


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