Barely after it began, the relationship between Stefan GP and Toyota has ended, with the Serbian-based outfit having failed in its eleventh-hour bid to make it onto the F1 this season, following the late exit of the hopeless USF1 team.

Having secured a deal to use the chassis, engines and gearboxes from Toyota Motorsport’s defunct F1 operation, Stefan GP’s entry request was denied by the FIA in the lead-up to the Bahrain GP.

Toyota has confirmed it will re-open the tender process for the use of its facilities and technology for other aspiring F1 entrants as part of their 2011 application bid.

How quickly do we imagine that USF1 will come knocking on their door?!

As far as Stefan GP is concerned, the road back to the F1 grid is definitely closed not over, according to team owner Zoran Stefanovic.

Speaking with AUTOSPORT, the Belgrade man said: “For 2010, it’s not feasible to do it anymore. We are very grateful to Toyota, which is a great company and doing a great job in what they are doing. They are now organising things differently – they are now more profit-centred in TMG in Cologne."

While not denying that his outfit could team up with Toyota again in a bid for 2011, it would appear that Zoran is unsure of which path to take to regroup.

"We are looking for a solution which is feasible for us all the time," he added. "At the moment there is no opportunity to organise anything. We’re basically looking to see which direction we will go in the very near future."

He offered further assurances that methods are now being developed to ensure that his team can submit a valid entry to the FIA for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

One would assume that those methods extend to not bagging other aspiring outfits or criticising the governing body!

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Richard Bailey

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