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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

US F1 gives up on 2010

Reports emerged yesterday US F1 has put its staff on unpaid leave as the team abandoned its 2010 car. It still hopes to defer its entry to 2011.

USF1 awaits a decision from the FIA.

Ferrari’s “Serbian vultures,” Stefan GP, hope to fill the grid vacancy, but a volatile relationship with the FIA does not make that a forgone conclusion.

Three of Max Mosley’s new teams, Virgin, Lotus and Campos Meta, remain.

Speaking of Campos, the team has been re-christened Hispania Racing (HRT F1) following the team’s takeover by Jose Ramon Carabante.

A formal launch is scheduled for Thursday, which may shed some light on the driver lineup.

Bruno Senna had been confirmed under the Campos guise, Karun Chandhok has been rumored to be in line for the second seat, with US F1 refugee Jose Maria Lopez looking at a reserve role.

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain - Race

So, as it stands, the following teams line up on the grid in a week or so:
  1. Ferrari - Alonso/Massa
  2. McLaren - Hamilton/Button
  3. Mercedes - Schumacher/Rosberg
  4. Red Bull - Vettel/Webber
  5. Toro Rosso - Alguersuari/Buemi
  6. Renault - Kubica/Petrov
  7. Williams - Barrichello/Hulkenberg
  8. Force India - Sutil/Liuzzi
  9. Lotus - Trulli/Kovalainen
  10. Sauber - de la Rosa/Kobayashi
  11. Virgin - Glock/di Grassi
  • Hispania (Campos) - Senna?/Chandhok?/Lopez?
  • Stefan - Nakajima?/Villeneuve?
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