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Will USF1 be allowed to Enter Formula One

by F1Fan on March 19, 2010

USF1’s position as an entrant into the 2011 Formula One World Championship is still in doubt. Today the FIA have released a press release regarding the new selection process to identify one candidate team for 2011 and possible reserve entries.

So you may be thinking that USF1 will have to reapply and that pretty much will end all hopes of USF1 ever competing in Formula One.

But hold on, if one reads the press release carefully the language has been crafted very cleverly. Specifically the important section of the press release reads “a new selection process to identify a candidate team to fill any vacancy that may exist”, note that it states “THAT MAY EXIST”, and not “that exists”.

While many of the media outlets have interpreted that USF1 is no longer an official entrant and that their request for deferral into 2011 has been denied, I have seen nothing in writing from the FIA or the World Motor Sports Council that indicates that USF1 has been officially disqualified as an entrant. Just that FIA president John Todt has been instructed to Investigate the situation with USF1 and make recommendations on what actions should be taken.

So, taking a positive point of

    view, it is still possible, however unlikely that the outcome of John Todts recommendations are that USF1 is sanctioned in some way (much like Renaults slap on the wrist after last years Singapore GP Crashgate scandal) but that they are still an existing entrant.

    Here is the full text, What do you think?:


    FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

    The FIA has decided to open a new selection process to identify a candidate team to fill any vacancy that may exist in the FIA Formula One World Championship at the start of the 2011 season. The FIA may also identify one or more possible ‘reserve’ entrants to fill such vacancies.

    This selection process will be open to all candidates capable of participating in the Championship for 2011 and 2012. The overall long-term interests of the Championship will determine which candidates are selected.

    The precise terms of this selection process, together with the applicable selection criteria, deadlines, legal requirements and other conditions, will be communicated to candidates who have registered a formal expression of interest with the FIA’s Secretariat before 5pm CET Thursday 15th April 2010, together with an administration fee of €1,000. The application process will commence at that time with those who have registered an expression of interest before this deadline (late applicants will be admitted only at the FIA’s discretion). This fee is non-refundable, although it will be offset against the application fee, which the FIA will require from those submitting full applications.

    All applicants will be expected to undergo thorough due diligence. By way of indication only, the applicable selection criteria will include:

    (a) the technical ability and resources of the team;
    (b) the ability of the team to raise and maintain sufficient funding to allow participation;
    (c) the team’s experience and human resources;
    (d) the FIA’s assessment of the value that the candidate may bring to the Championship as a whole.

    The timing of this process will depend on the candidates’ responses. However, by way of indication only, the FIA anticipates that full applications will need to be submitted by the end of June, followed by due diligence leading to a decision in July 2010.

    Note: The FIA hereby invites interested parties to send a formal expression of interest and administration fee to the FIA Secretariat (legal@fia.com / Bank: Crédit du Nord, 50 rue d’Anjou, 75008 Paris, IBAN CODE: FR76 3007 6020 2025 3680 0020 034, SWIFT CODE: NORDFRPP Account holder: FIA), together with full contact details and a letter introducing their candidacy.

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