Prodrive also considering 2010 F1 entry

Only a day after the news from Lola we have another team considering F1 entry next year – Prodrive (Aston Martin). Dave Richards:

“The initial signs coming out from the FIA and FOM are very attractive and represent the basis for a real revolution in the sport.”

“Assuming that the new rules are commercially viable and there is the potential to be fully competitive, then we are ready to press the go button.”

Richards also revealed that they are in talks with Cosworth as well as with one current F1 engine supplier about possible engine deal.

The letter from Max Mosley to teams (as revelead by Autosport yesterday) suggests that FIA plans to grant three new teams a place on the 2010 grid. That would mean increasing the maximum number of cars to 26 (from current limit 24). Autosport article also claims that as many as 8 different parties planning a move to F1 are in talks with Cosworth.

FIA will need to make the decisions about new entries soon to give the teams enough time to build new cars for 2010 season. I think we can expect that rather quickly once the new F1 sporting and technical regulations are ratified (expected at the next FIA World Council meeting on April 29).

The existing teams apparently have now their last chance to give FIA feedback on the new regulations including their ideas on the proposed budget cap.

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  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Isn’t it a battle for investors funds and sponsorship now?

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    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      may well be. but if FIA plans to limit the max number of teams to 13 (26 cars) then it also battle for those 3 new entries. these 3 (Lola, USF1 and Prodrive/Aston Martin) will not be the only ones

  2. Cruz GonzalezNo Gravatar says:

    It´d be necessary to analyze the case of Toro Rosso, wasn´t this team on sale already?

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      yes it was (or still is), but there does not seem to be any urgency to sell. I think the first thing on agenda is to turn the team into proper constructor again as they will have to build their own car from 2010

  3. Cruz GonzalezNo Gravatar says:

    and what about Mercedes leaving McLaren!… it depends on April 29 decision right?

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      well, hard to say what will future bring. we can only wait and see. but Mercedes can’t just leave McLaren, they own 40% of the team…

  4. Cruz GonzalezNo Gravatar says:

    they may be selling its part and considering just be engine supplier, also dedicate their development in greener technologies, real green technologies jejeje, a real world KERS may be :D

    • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

      I’m far away from this tendency of believing that Mercedes just is waiting an event to leave the F1… It hasn’t much sense, they have been involving themselves more and more in the F1 World Championship, and they do not seem to have those motivations as Honda had to leave their project.

      As Wolf means, they own 40% of the team’s shares, and it’s not that easy to say “till here we arrived together, but since now you’ll gonna be alone”… Even so, they may not want again troubles with their reputation, but if already one year and half this didn’t happen, why it should happen with a minor event now? It’s me who should say this lie-scandal-thing is much less important than what happened before? I think they will have an advice, and maybe a fine that actually this doesn’t repeat again. I think it’s right to show that the FIA doesn’t want to get fooled, but I don’t see fair the purposes from Ecclestone & Co to make this year to clutch them more towards a ‘wall’, to me it seems evident. They seek the repercussion of F1 deals in the news and the reactions of the fans. The ICA could rule against them, but this would be a fine much superior to the crime.

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