Daily Archives: March 3, 2010

Stefan GP not on FIA 2010 entry list

Stefan GP’s bid to enter the 2010 F1 world championship appears to have failed, as the team does not appear on the FIA’s entry list for 2010.

With only 8 days until practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Stefan GP were hoping that they could take the place of the fallen USF1 team. However, they do not appear in the new entry list, which is the final one before the season starts.

Also, this is the first time that Sauber have appeared on the entry list, as the list had not been updated recently until now. Campos Meta now appears as HRT Cosworth, while Bruno Senna is still listed as the only driver for the team.

The FIA has made the following statement:

"The USF1 Team have indicated that they will not be in a position to 
participate in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship. Having 
considered the various options, the FIA confirms that it is not 
possible for a replacement team to be entered for the Championship 
at this late stage.

In the coming days the FIA will announce details of a new selection 
process to identify candidates to fill any vacancies existing at the 
start of the 2011 season."

This means that, instead of now, they will wait until 2011 to look at accepting a new team to fill USF1’s shoes, which may include Stefan GP.

Full FIA entry list:

No. Driver Team Constructor
1
2
Jenson BUTTON (GBR)
Lewis HAMILTON (GBR)
VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES (GBR) McLaren Mercedes
3
4
Michael SCHUMACHER (DEU)
Nico ROSBERG (DEU)
MERCEDES GP PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM (DEU) Mercedes Benz GP Limited
5
6
Sebastian VETTEL (DEU)
Mark WEBBER (AUS)
RED BULL RACING (AUT) Red Bull Racing Renault
7
8
Felipe MASSA (BRA)
Fernando ALONSO (ESP)
SCUDERIA FERRARI
MARLBORO (ITA)
Ferrari
9
10
Rubens BARRICHELLO (BRA)

Nico HÜLKENBERG (DEU)

AT&T WILLIAMS (GBR) Williams Cosworth
11
12
Robert KUBICA (POL)
Vitaly PETROV (RUS)
RENAULT F1 TEAM (FRA) Renault
14
15
Adrian SUTIL (DEU)
Vitantonio LIUZZI (ITA)
FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM (IND) Force India Mercedes
16
17
Sébastien BUEMI (CHE)
Jaime ALGUERSUARI (ESP)
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO (ITA) STR Ferrari
18
19
Jarno TRULLI (ITA)
Heikki KOVALAINEN (FIN)
LOTUS RACING (MAL) Lotus Cosworth
20
21
TBA
Bruno SENNA (BRA)
HRT F1 TEAM (ESP) HRT Cosworth
22
23
Pedro DE LA ROSA (ESP)
Kamui KOBAYASHI (JPN)
BMW SAUBER F1 TEAM (CHE) BMW Sauber Ferrari
24
25
Timo GLOCK (DEU)
Luca DI GRASSI (BRA)
VIRGIN RACING (GBR) Virgin Cosworth

Note: The USF1 Team have indicated that they will not be in a position to participate in 2010.

F1 to be filmed in HD

The BBC has confirmed that the F1 2010 championship will be filmed in HD this year.

But, before you get too excited, this HD feed is not being made available to broadcasters until at least 2011. The BBC’s head of HD, Danielle Nagler, wrote on her blog:

The events are being filmed in HD (as far as we know) but they are
not made available by F1 to broadcasters in HD.

Lee McKenzie, part of the BBC F1 team, has previously said that F1 broadcasters will be offered the chance to show F1 in HD from 2011 onwards, but it is unsure who will take up the offer. Let’s be honest though, the BBC will definitely be one of the first to sign up.

Still though, it seems like a waste of time filming it in HD and not broadcasting it. Maybe FOM wants to get experience first, then broadcast it when they’re ready. Hopefully the end-of-year review will have HD clips instead.

Meanwhile, this year’s NASCAR championship will be the 6th year of being broadcast in HD. F1 is well behind.

Campos officially changes name to HRT

Campos Grand Prix (no HRT logo yet)

Campos Grand Prix (no HRT logo yet)

The Campos Meta team has officially changes its name to HRT – Hispania Racing Team.

It’s a pretty bad name, let’s be honest. Anyone who follows the Australian V8 Championship will know of the Holden Racing Team, which happens to be a support race at the Australian Grand Prix. And if you’re not following motorsport, you’ll know of HRT as Hormone Replacement Therapy. Very nice move from Carabante and Kolles.

Their website has now changed into a holding page, which means it should be back up when it is changed to look like Hispania Racing (I’m not using the HRT name yet!)

The main problem for the team is that they have completely missed the testing season. According to Adam Cooper, their car will be officially presented tomorrow, only 8 days before practice sessions begin for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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