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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Prodrive also in the mix for 2010

Not to be outdone by the latest round of teams considering maybe taking part in F1 in 2010, David Richards says perennial favorite Prodrive are taking a “very serious” look at joining the fray if cost cuts go through.

Torpedoed in its last attempt, when customer cars were shot down by the teams, Richards says the £30m cap gives him a chance for an entry to be “commercially viable” with “the potential to be fully competitive.”

Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix: Race

“The initial signs coming out from the FIA and FOM are very attractive and represent the basis for a real revolution in the sport,” he said in a statement on the prodrive Web site. “They hold the promise to return Formula 1 to its fundamental ethos, where success comes to those with the most ingenious engineering and best organisation not simply those with the biggest budget.”

Assuming the cost cuts go through, Richards says he is ready to “press the go button.”

Other tidbits of note: Richards said he has been in contact with Cosworth and other current engine suppliers, and did not rule out calling the team Aston Martin.

So there are supposedly three openings, with USF1, Prodrive, Lola and possibly ART mentioned in recent weeks. Rumor doubles that number. Should be interesting.

“To be frank I am not aware of all the possible entrants and clearly the final decision will be down to the FIA, World Motor Sport Council,” Richards added. “What I can say is that we have a strong track record in all the motorsport formula we have been involved with, including Formula 1."

Donington doubts

The British Grand Prix’s post-2009 future hangs in the balance after track owners Wheatcroft & Son Limited sued Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd for £2.47m in back rent and forfeiture of the lease, the BBC reports.

Who’s not surprised the future of the British race is in doubt? Bernie Ecclestone.

“I've been saying it for a long time: we just don't make the effort.”

Ecclestone, who admitted the future of the race seems grim, confirmed he has no desire to help.

“What? To pay the rent?” he said told Autosport.com. “I don't think so. I'm too busy. We've got a promoter and we've got the people there already.”

Good news, bad news for F1 video game

If you dig the video games, are anxiously awaiting the release of Codemasters’ official Formula One 2009, and own the Nintendo Wii and Sony PSP systems: Good news! You can start playing in the Fall.

Own a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or PC? Eh... not so good. Release on these platforms has been delayed until “sometime in 2010,” according to Autoweek.com. Learn more about the game.

FIA Thursday Press Conference - Bahrain

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