With USF1 now mired in a much-publicised battle to make the 2010 grid at Bahrain (let alone at all), Stefan GP team boss Zoran Stefanovic confirmed that he attempted talks with USF1 co-founders Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor, but that these talks proved unsuccessful.

“We had some discussions stretching over many days, but these broke down completely on Thursday afternoon due to the inflexibility of certain players," Stefanovic told AUTOSPORT.

"I stress it was not Chad Hurley [YouTube founder and a major investor in US F1], who was open to discussions with us, but some of the other stakeholders who sabotaged the talks."

Perhaps this may have something to do with their latest website rant about not being able to (as yet) achieve an entry on the 2010 grid?

The team then posted one final plea on its official website, insisting that it had fulfilled all necessary criteria – with the exception of lodging an entry by the June cut-off, mind you! – to be placed on the grid.

“[We] would like to re-confirm its desire and, importantly, its ability to compete in the whole of the FIA 2010 Formula One World Championship,” so says the statement, which also stressed that it is able to take part without missing Grands Prix, unlike its American counterpart.

“It recognises that this can only happen with the consent of the FIA and FOM [F1’s commercial rights holder], but has faith that the Formula One ‘family’ will make the correct decision in the end.

There will be no more press releases on this subject and we look forward to being allowed to show everyone our team in Bahrain.”

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.