Stefan GP has confirmed its interest in signing Jacques Villeneuve for the 2010 season to partner Williams outcast Kazuki Nakajima at the Belgrade-based team, assuming of course that the team is actually allowed to participate.

“We are very near to a contract with Jacques, and probably also with another driver as our reserve driver,” team owner Zoran Stefanovic said in an interview with AUTOSPORT.

“But the first one which will be with us is Kazuki Nakajima.”

Stefanovic also announced another milestone had been achieved for the team, by confirming that it had fired up its car for the first time.

"[Our] first car – Stefan 01 – was fired up for the first time.

“The car ran faultlessly, there was no problem whatsoever, and we could race or test on a racetrack, but we’re just waiting for tyres.”

And while the team’s place on the 2010 grid is far from certain, Stefanovic is still hoping for clarification: "We are expecting it [the team’s entry] to be clarified relatively shortly because all of us know what the situation is,” he added.

“In the meantime we are working very heavily on sorting out the drivers’ contracts.”

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