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GP Week : Issue 49
T HE last week has seen a number of new entry proposals for the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship made public, following the cut off date for tenders to the grid on May 29. Joining Campos-Meta, USF1, Williams, Prodrive, Lola, Litespeed, March and Superfund have come Brabham, Wirth Manor, Epsilon Euskadi, N Technology, Force India and, if paddock gossip is correct, a hitherto unheard of entry by Ultimate. The Brabham name is the biggest single entrant from a historical perspective, and is part of a joint venture with Formtech which comprises the remnants of the Super Aguri F1 Team. Although the Brabham family, which established the original Brabham team in Formula 1, is seeking legal advice over the use of their ex-F1 team name, the Brabham name is owned by the entrants. Another old school name to enter the fray is that of Lotus as David Hunt, brother of late World Champion James Hunt, owns the rights to the Lotus Grand Prix name and is understood to have done a deal with the Litespeed F3 outfit to join them in their F1 proposal. Force India has joined Williams in breaking ranks with FOTA for “commercial considerations”and has submitted a late unconditional entry to F1. Force India has been told it will be suspended from FOTA for breaking ranks, but it is understood the Team Owner Dr Vijay Mallya is pushing to remain in the association. Entry Permutations THE FIA will announce the 2010 F1 grid on Friday (June 12), and it is expected that the list will contain the name of 13 teams who will race in Formula 1 next season. However, exactly who will be on that list is the single biggest question in present day Formula 1, and will ultimately lead to this entire political war taking the first steps on its route to conclusion. There are four permutations believed to be the most likely for June 12 as follows: n The list will include Williams and Force India (as existing teams to have entered an unconditional entry), and up to 11 new F1 teams. The FOTA block entry will be rejected. n The list will include Williams, Force India, Brawn, Red Bull and Toro Rosso (the latter three of which could capitulate and break from FOTA before June 12, although Ross Brawn has expressed solidrity) and eight new F1 teams. The FOTA block entry will be rejected. n The list will include Williams, Force India, and all F1 teams which have a contract with the FIA to compete in the championship until 2012 (including Ferrari). All other FOTA teams will be rejected. The remainder of the entries will be comprised of new teams. n Mosley will give in to FOTA’s demands and enter them all for the 2010 championship, along with three new teams – Prodrive, Lola and USF1. As the deadline for an ent could end up on the Form Brabham, Lotus … what next? Coope Old names resurrected as potential entries surface