Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’d be aware of Bernie Ecclestone’s ongoing doubts about the participation of the Campos and USF1 teams in the 2010 season, in addition to rumours that Stefan GP is waiting in the wings to fill any vacancy that arises.
Now, Ecclestone has revealed previously unreleased clauses in the current Concorde Agreement that permit any team that is entered in the world championship to miss up to three of the season’s Grands Prix without penalty.
How incredibly generous of Bernie! Usually a team that misses participation is excluded from further competition!
Bernie also predicted that, until they have secured the funding they appear to need, Campos and USF1 are likely to be absent from the first three rounds of the season – the first four rounds are the expensive, fly-away rounds in Bahrain, Australia, Malaysia and China. The $10M fund outlaid to new teams to assist in their travel costs will only be forthcoming once they field cars on the grid.
“I think we won’t see Campos and I don’t think we will see the Americans,” the F1 supremo told the Sunday Express. “They are going to ask to miss three races. In the Concorde Agreement, the teams are allowed to miss three races.”
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