USF1, Stefan, Campos, HRT

Barely a week before the first practice session kicks off in Bahrain we are a bit closer to the final shape of the 2010 F1 grid.

It is now more less certain that there will be no USF1 team in 2010. The reports coming out last night suggest that the USF1 factory effectively closed down. (And they did so without even making that toaster :-( ). This followed the earlier reports that the team asked FIA to deffer their entry till 2011. With no car, no money and lots of empty promises I can’t see a single reason why would FIA want to block the vacant slot for the team that failed while others (namely Lotus) have shown that things can be done in even much shorter time …


Campos META meanwhile is ready to rename itself to HRT F1 (Hispania Racing F1 Team). It took only seconds after the HRT was mentioned on Twitter by Adam Cooper (@adamcooperf1) for the Hormone Replacement Therapy or High Risk Target jokes to flood the net … The launch is expected tomorrow in Spain where both the cars and the drivers should be presented. It is expected that Bruno Senna will keep his seat. He should be joined by Karun Chandhok (as a race driver) and ex-USF1 Jose Maria Lopes (as a reserve driver).

Jose Ramon Carabante

Team owner Jose Ramon Carabante

I do wonder however how come it is that simple for Campos to make the name change within a week after the team takeover while the Ferrari powered Sauber still has the BMW initials in the name …

So, it looks like the last piece of puzzle left is the future Stefan GP. Should not take too long for that one to sort itself out. The Bahrain FP1 is only 9 days away…

Photo: Campos META

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  1. It will be interesting to see whether the FIA hand Stefan GP the slot, I can’t see the FIA holding a slot open for a year – it seems that pure force of will does get you what you want.

    If the car they have had all the developments that a team like Toyota would put into it then there’s a good chance that it’ll be a decent car and therefore they might not do so badly. It would also be interesting to see Jacques Villeneuve on the grid again, and some more honest opinion about what’s happening.

  2. psychyNo Gravatar says:

    I thought that the reason of sauber not to change the name was because they didn’t want to count as a new team after the miserable retreat of bmw.

    funny fact (at least that is what I’ve read somewhere): if it stays like that they would even play the German national anthem if they would manage to win a race. Also if the team is Swiss and the engine Italian.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      I thought that the reason of sauber not to change the name was because they didn’t want to count as a new team after the miserable retreat of bmw.

      yes, I believe that was the reason but there should be some way around that. now BMW gets free exposure without even being there and the name of the team is quite weird. not as bad as Virgin or HRT but still weird :-)

      funny fact (at least that is what I’ve read somewhere): if it stays like that they would even play the German national anthem if they would manage to win a race. Also if the team is Swiss and the engine Italian.

      OK, that one will not happen :-) the latest FIA entry list shows the BMW Sauber team will race under Swiss flag – Official 2010 F1 Entry list – 12 teams only …

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