F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has cast doubts that two of the new teams – US F1 and Campos – will be on the grid in 2010.
With four new teams granted an entry to next year’s championship, Ecclestone has told The Times he doubts US F1 and Campos would be in a position to race by the start of the season.
"I think the people we expected to perform will and those that we thought wouldn’t, won’t," he said.
There has been much speculation for some time that US F1 would not be ready in time, as the team has remained relatively quiet since the FIA granted it a place in F1 2010. The team still hasn’t confirmed its drivers, but has paid the US$440,000 entry fee to race next year.
Campos has signed Bruno Senna one of its 2010 season drivers, and has been in talks with a number of other drivers. However, the team has made it clear that it does not have the resources to pay big money, and will in all likelihood be taking on a pay driver for its second race seat.
Its chassis is being manufactured by Dallara and has already passed two of the FIA’s mandatory crash tests, suggesting it is well on the way to being ready.
Ecclestone told the paper he thinks 24 cars would definitely be on the grid at the start of the season. With US F1 and Campos there would be a total of 26 cars in Formula One, indicating that Ecclestone thinks another new team could take the place of the two he expects will leave.
Stefan GP, perhaps??? Expect a pretty quick response from the respective team principals in no time!
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