It is twenty days to go before the first race of 2010 season. That is less than the gaps between Chinese and Spanish GPs or Hungarian and German GPs later on this season.
There were no more drivers confirmed in past 10 days. On the contrary the seats of Bruno Senna and Jose Maria Lopez may be in jeopardy. The presence of Campos Meta in Bahrain (possibly under different name) is now more likely following the takeover of the team by Jose Ramon Carabante and appointment of Colin Kolles as team principal. Whether it also means job security for Bruno Senna is not clear yet. The team is openly looking for pay drivers to help to fund the team.
USF1 made it clear they will not make it to Bahrain. Ken Anderson admitted the US based team is discussing with FIA the possibility to miss first 4 races of the season in desperate attempt to buy some time. Hard to see why would FIA allow something like that with no guarantee the team would actually show up for Spanish GP. Anderson also said that J.M.Lopez is considering his options.
Stefan GP meanwhile keeps getting ready to step in. They fired up the ex-Toyota engine in the ex-Toyota car and plan to test probably with ex-Toyota F1 boy Kazuki Nakajima in Algarve later this month (if they find some tyres to put on). It however looks very likely that the only way to see 13 teams to line up on Bahrain grid is Stefan GP buying the entry from USF1 …
How Many Teams Will Race In Bahrain ?
- 12 (47%, 80 Votes)
- 13 (28%, 48 Votes)
- 11 (25%, 43 Votes)
Total Voters: 171
The other two new teams are out and testing. Lotus Racing unveiled their car and managed some serious mileage in Jerez last week. (Lotus livery was also voted the best 2010 F1 livery by readers here at F1Wolf.com). Virgin Racing is also alive and kicking although they are loosing some valuable testing time and mileage trying to solve their hydraulic issues.
The weather was not too kind to the teams this winter but at least the final two days in Jerez provided the opportunity to get some proper running on dry track. The test times aren’t revealing much about the form of the teams but the common view seems to be that Ferrari may have the strongest package at the moment.
Here are links to photos and test times from last four days in Jerez:
The 2010 season countdown will return with its last episode in 10 days. By then the pre-season testing will be over (Barcelona test is scheduled for 25-28 February) and hopefully we will also know what are FIA plans with USF1 and Stefan GP.