The Romanian Forza Rossa F1 team is believed to have been granted the license to become Formula 1’s thirteenth team.

The FIA had originally decided not to grant the project an F1 entry alongside a bid by Gene Haas – which was approved three months ago – but with the Haas project now on the slowdown until 2016, the governing body has seemingly decided to give Forza Rossa a go at getting onto the grid next year.

It is understood that Forza Rossa will run in partnership with Ferrari, given the project is headed by the country’s health minister and largest Ferrari dealer, Ion Bazac, who is armed with plenty of private and government backing to ensure Romania’s first F1 team becomes a reality. The outfit will run in partnership the Colin Kolles owned racing factory in Greding.

Manufacturing of the Forza Rossa cars will likely be done by the Holzer group, with the design coming from former aerodynamicists and engineers who headed up Kolles’ last F1 project with the HRTF1 Team.

Kolles (pictured above) – a former trained dentist – has been in and out of Formula 1 over the last ten years. He was appointed as Team Principal of the Jordan F1 team in its final season, and led the outfit through its subsequent Midland, Spyker and Force India buy-outs and rebranding phases.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.