Final plea from Stefan GP
February 28, 2010
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Stefan GP might be struggling to get into F1, but at least they have a car
The final statement has been released from Stefan GP headquarters, asking the FIA to allow them into the 2010 F1 championship in place of USF1.
The team has a car ready, which it plans to unveil next week. They have already sent their equipment to Bahrain, two weeks before any other team did. However, they need a current team to drop out, which will probably be USF1.
Their statement is as follows:
"SGP would like to re-confirm its desire and, importantly, its
ability to compete in the whole of the FIA 2010 Formula One World
Championship,' reads a statement on the team's website, stressing
that it is able to take part without missing Grands Prix, unlike its
It recognises that this can only happen with the consent of the FIA
(governing body) and FOM (commercial rights holder), but has faith
that the Formula One 'family' will make the correct decision in the
There will be no more press releases on this subject and we look
forward to being allowed to show everyone our team in Bahrain."
So it seems this is the final attempt by Zoran Stefanovich to enter F1. After all I’ve said about them, I have to admit that the FIA might as well let them in. USF1 are dead, end of story. Stefan GP will be well off the pace if they enter the Bahrain GP, but is it better than having nothing?
And more to the point, why are we even having this discussion? This would never have happened if the FIA had picked plausible teams for 2010. Manor would have gone the same way as USF1 if Virgin hadn’t bought them out. Campos would have been similarly dead if Kolles and Carabante hadn’t taken over. This new teams thing is turning ridiculous.