Bernie Ecclestone says the FIA is willing to allow two new teams to join F1 after a tender earlier this year.

A number of teams signalled their intentions to join the sport when the FIA asked for a declaration of interest in January, with a US-based team backed by NASCAR team owner Gene Haas emerging as the favourite to join. There was also interest from a Colin Kolles-backed entry and Ecclestone revealed in Bahrain that there is more than just one space available.

Asked if the Haas-backed entry was likely to join the grid, Ecclestone said: "I think they've asked to be entered. They'll be accepted.

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"They've also accepted another team as well, whether they'll make it or not is another story ... we're happy to have another couple of teams. I've spoken to [FIA president] Jean Todt and we've agreed yesterday that if another two teams want to come in then we'll let them in."

Asked if 13 teams was acceptable for the F1 grid, Ecclestone replied: "Yes, sure."