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USF1 Eliminated

by F1Fan on March 3, 2010

USF1 got its wish today, well in part at least.

Today the FIA released the official entry list for the 2010 Formula One World Championship and USF1 is no longer listed as an entrant.

The other items of note are that the recent rumors about Campos Meta 1 changing its name are indeed true with the team now entered as HRT (Hispania) and is expected to prticipate at the first Grand Prix in Bahrain. Also BMW Sauber F1 finally appear on the list of entrants and have been allocated USF1’s original racing numbers.

Much press has surrounded Formula One hopefuls Stephan GP, with even Bernie Ecclestone reportedly supporting their effort to join the grid early on, however they have not been listed and in a separate press release the FIA clarified their position:

Press Release
FIA Formula One World Championship

03/03/2010

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.

So where does this leave USF1 in 2011, while the FIA release makes no mention of any proposed bond by USF1, SpeedTV reported that a bond had been offered by USF1 to defer their entry to the 2011 season, wheter USF1 will even exist by then is another matter, but from a regulatory point of view the worst case scenario is that the FIA cancels their entry and opens up their slot to new entrants as possibly indicated in todays press release, however the release does go on to say

“to fill any vacancies existing at the start of the 2011 season”

so I guess the FIA have left themselves an out.

We will just have to wait and see.

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