Who will get the 13th slot on the 2010 grid ?

Only of two F1 ready operations will race next year

Only of two F1 ready operations will race next year

While there are four new F1 teams being built from the scratch (USF1, Manor, Campos META, Lotus) at least one of two established F1 operations is unlikely to make it to the 2010 grid.

BMW has finally managed to do what they should have done right away – after the failed Qadbak deal they sold the team back to Peter Sauber. The problem is BMW decided not to sign the new Concorde Agreement and the team has lost its entry. Before they made up their mind what to do with the Hinwil operation FIA granted the 13th entry to Lotus … All that Peter Sauber’s team has now is the “14th” entry.

Toyota announced pull out of F1 shortly after the final race of the season. That has created an opportunity for Sauber to get back. However Toyota still has the entry and apparently that can remain the case until they fail to show up in Bahrain … If Toyota’s plan is to make some money out of their F1 operation they can continue to work on some solution until the very last moment. At the end, under different circumstances and probably with different intentions, that is what Honda did last year …

The difference was that Honda’s failure to find a solution would not stop any other team from racing in 2009. Toyota on the other hand may end up preventing another solid F1 operation from racing next year …

Peter Sauber is “very confident” his team will be on the 2010 F1 grid. The decision of Mario Theissen to stay with BMW Motorsport and leave Sauber team may be a sign that the future of the team in Peter Sauber’s hands is safe now.

On the other hand there is Toyota with F1 entry in their hands offering know-how and 2010 car designs for sale and apparently talking some sort of collaboration with Stefan GP. There is also the matter of Concorde Agreement and possibility of penalty from Bernie Ecclestone for Toyota’s failure to meet its obligations to F1 ranging anywhere from bottle of beer to 300 mil pounds. Lots of things going on while Sauber awaits …

Obviously both FIA and FOM would want to prevent ending up with 24 cars instead of 26 only because one perfectly good F1 team causes another one to run out of time…

FIA is likely to announce the final 2010 entry list next week after World Motor Sport Council meeting. Let’s hope that FIA will handle this matter better than BMW handled their exit from the sport …

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  1. psychyNo Gravatar says:

    I really hope Sauber will be on the grid! But I have a bad feeling about that…

  2. formula 1 videosNo Gravatar says:

    12 teams is enough i think. :)

  3. psychyNo Gravatar says:

    well, it depends. if the new teams are slow, then we will see less racing on track. I can’t imagine that all teams will be within one second like it often was in this year.
    on the other hand, I am pretty sure, that sauber should be able to make a fast car also without bmw. and then it’s always sad to lose a team which was around for a couple of years (since 1993).
    and then last but not least, sauber’s headquarter is pretty near were I’m living :-)

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      These words from Peter Sauber sum it up for me:

      “It would have been a crying shame had one of the best Formula 1 factories closed down. “


  4. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    A lot will depend on just how competitive the Cosworth engine is.  All of the new teams have signed up with Cosworth.  I have a hard time believing that Cosworth will have the power of Ferrari or Mercedes after such a long absence from F1.  I think its been at least six years when they powered Arrows, and they were not up to speed then.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      I think its been at least six years when they powered Arrows, and they were not up to speed then.

      Last time the current Cosworth V8 engine was in action in F1 was 2006 (with Williams). There has been an engine development freeze in place so in theory the engine design is still the same as back then. There has been some advances in reliability and thanks to the loopholes in the regulations those advances also added some significant horse power to the current engines. Cosworth however  is allowed to bring the engine up the level of the other F1 engines so when it comes to performance there may not be so big difference between Cosworth and the others.

      The major concern is the reliability as now the engines need to last much longer than back in 2006 …


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