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No new teams for 2011, FIA announces

After examining the entry bids of F1 2011 hopefuls Villeneuve Racing, Stefan GP and Epsilon Euskadi, the sport's governing body the FIA has announced that there will be no new teams joining the grand prix grid next season
Following the reunion of the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Paris today, the governing body has announced that there will be no new teams joining the grand prix grid in F1 2011 after 'none of the candidates met the requirements'.

There were believed to be three shortlisted applicants to fill the available 13th slot next year left vacant by the defunct USF1 effort – the combined Jacques Villeneuve/Durango Villeneuve Racing bid, unsuccessful 2010 hopeful Stefan GP and Joan Villadelprat's moderately successful single-seater and sportscar operation Epsilon Euskadi.

However, following the withdrawal from the process of the hitherto perceived favourite – multiple GP2 Series and F3 Euroseries champions ART Grand Prix – the FIA has now deemed that none of the alternative propositions make the grade, doubtless wary of again falling into the trap of granting entry to a team that is not ready for it, as happened with the embarrassing case of USF1.

'Following the press release of 19 March, 2010 calling for expressions of interest to participate in the 2011 and 2012 seasons of the FIA Formula One World Championship, a number of parties expressed their interest,' read an official statement from the governing body. 'It was considered that none of the candidates met the requirements to be granted an entry into the championship. Consequently, the allocation of the 13th team will not be granted.'

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September 08, 2010 5:03 PM

Why the hell are there licenses to compete? Why not just let whoever the hell wants to race at a weekend present themselves on Thursday and see if they meet the safety requirements? What a load of crap.

Shoveler - Unregistered

September 08, 2010 6:19 PM

Agreed, show up on a weekend to qualify, meet the safety standards and a 107% or similar rule and you should be good to race. In the late 80s and early 90s there were 35+ cars competing for 26 grid spots. When it got hectic, they started pre-qualifying sessions to reduce the field to 30 before actual qualifying.

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