The ever-ambitious Stefan GP has had its hopes dented after being forced to abandon a planned test at Portimão after it failed to secure a tyre supply from Bridgestone.


Although it is yet to secure an official berth to the F1 grid, the outfit had previously announced its intentions to race with Jacques Villeneuve and Kazuki Nakajima this season, with the USF1 project continuing to look very shaky. Regardless, the team has declared that it will run its car during the course of the season in a series of test sessions should its bid to join the F1 2010 championship be unsuccessful.

"We cannot do the test at the moment and we are still trying to find a solution," team owner Zoran Stefanovic explained to AUTOSPORT, with Bridgestone permitted to supply only those teams which are entered for this year’s championship.

"We have no tyres and will not test on tyres that are not suitable for the car to go testing at full speed. We now need to see what our options are – but we definitely need to do something to sort this situation out."

When asked about his planned driver line-up, Stefanovic added: "We have already agreed terms with Nakajima and we expect to conclude a deal with Villeneuve. We think it is a good decision for us and it makes sense for him."

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