No more new teams will join Haas on the Formula 1 grid next season, the FIA has announced.
Applications for prospective new teams to join the sport in either 2016 or 2017 were opened in May
, with the original deadline set for the end of June, before later being extended to the end of July. Two teams submitted plans, but neither made the grade.
“We can confirm that the FIA received two candidate Formula 1 team applications for vacant grid slots,” an FIA spokesperson said.
“We subsequently put these through our comprehensive diligence processes. Unfortunately none of the applicants were able to meet the FIA's criteria for new teams despite being granted every opportunity of doing so, and we now consider this round of applications to be closed.”
In order to meet the criteria, the FIA said back in May that it will select candidates based on the "overall long-term interests of the championship".
"All applicants will be expected to undergo thorough due diligence. By way of indication only, the applicable selection criteria will include:
- The technical ability and resources of the team
- The ability of the team to raise and maintain sufficient funding to allow participation in the Championship at a competitive level
- The team's experience and human resources
- The FIA's assessment of the value that the candidate may bring to the Championship as a whole."
The decision means eleven teams are now entered for 2016, one more than this year, due to the arrival of the Haas F1 Team.