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GP Week : Issue 99
FIA rejects 13th team proposals FORMULA One will continue with a maximum of 12 teams in 2011 after the FIA decided against awarding the 13th team slot during the week. The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) met in Paris on Wednesday morning and was told that none of the applicants had met the required standards to secure the spot. "It was considered that none of the candidates met the requirements to be granted an entry into the Championship," read an FIA statement. "Consequently, the allocation of the 13th team will not be granted." Joan Villadelprat, boss of Epsilon Euskadi which was favourite to take the honours, said he respected the FIA's decision and even suggested that it was best for the governing body to have taken the decision they did: "As a personal opinion, I think that it is best to leave it vacant rather than having a team that, given the deadlines and requirements, would almost be impossible to be ready for 2011," said Villadelprat. Joan admitted that he had not put the necessary financial package together to fund an F1 team: "We knew it would be very difficult for us to be chosen since we still don't have the economic package granted," he continued. "Without this capital it would be unfeasible to carry out the F1 project that we want." Another candidate for the 13th team slot, the Durango/Jacques Villeneuve partnership, is still looking to break into Formula One next year however: "Now we turn to our Plan B, which is to take over one of the existing teams," Villeneuve told Rue Frontenac. "It is probably going to be a bit more expensive and we must ensure we have a free hand." Grid to stay at maximum of 24 cars 2011 calendar expands: 20 races, 11 'Flyaways' NEXT year's F1 calendar, which sees the inclusion of India between Korea and Abu Dhabi in late October, has been described as "a marriage breaker" by several members of the traveling circus. Now two weeks longer, thus cutting into development time for the following year's car, it starts in Bahrain on March 13 and ends in Brazil on the November 27. 13/03 Bahrain 27/03 Australia 10/04 Malaysia 17/04 China 08/05 Turkey 22/05 Spain 29/05 Monaco 12/06 Canada 26/06 Europe 10/07 Great Britain 24/07 Germany 31/07 Hungary 28/08 Belgium 11/09 Italy 25/09 Singapore 09/10 Japan 16/10 Korea 30/10 India* 13/11 Abu Dhabi 27/11 Brazil * Subject to the homologation of the circuit. One fan of the calendar, though, is Rubens Barrichello who said the races were better spaced apart than this year and that more races is good news: "If we have 20 races it's going to be much better for you to go and have two weekends racing in Asia than to fly to Brazil and then go back to Abu Dhabi, so I think this is much more clear to us. I've always said that I wish to have 30 races and no testing because I think that would be more cost-effective." 8