The French ART Grand Prix squad has thrown its hat into the ring by submitting an application to the FIA to become the thirteenth team on the 2011 grid.
A leading name in a selection of motorsport categories – such as European F3, GP3 and GP2 – ART Grand Prix is a very strong candidate for the final grid slot by dint of its pedigree and its personal associations.
In what will create an extremely serious conflict of interest for FIA President Jean Todt, his son Nicolas (pictured, who is also the driver manager to Felipe Massa) is a part-owner of the ART Grand Prix concern.
ART GP Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur told France’s AutoHebdo: “We have submitted an application to the FIA to join the F1 World Championship in 2011.”
Just how is Jean going to remain independent in this decision-making, one wonders? The other applying teams will certainly be taking a keen interest in this…