• Jun 28, 2009
It's on again, off again in the face-paced world of Formula One politics. First the biggest teams in F1 were slated to split off and form their own series. Then everything seemed reconciled, until Max Mosley got all torqued off again and threatened to scuttle the whole deal. It's anyone's guess at this point – we think the one series will be on track for next season – but in the meantime, the FIA issued the official list of entries for 2010.

Alongside the ten current teams (Ferrari, McLaren, BMW Sauber, Renault, Toyota, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Williams, Force India and Brawn) returning for next season, the FIA chose three out of the dozen prospective teams that lodged applications to join the series. So if all goes according to plan, Campos Meta, Manor Grand Prix and Team US F1 will be joining the grid next season. Follow the jump to read more about 'em, the engine suppliers that will be providing their motivation and some of the big-name sponsors already being associated with the new teams.

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The impetus for all the new entries being lodged for next season was the proposed budget cap put forward by embattled FIA president, Max Mosley. Now that those drastic cuts have been taken off the table, many of the smaller outfits wouldn't be able to field the kinds of budgets required to operate a modern F1 team any more than they could in previous years. The three that remain are those that could afford the full budget without Mosley's cuts.

  • Team US F1 got on board long before Mosley began slashing budgets and scaring off the established teams. Venerated motorsports journalist Peter Windsor has reportedly begun scaling back his interviews around the paddock to refocus his efforts on leading the new team, which is projected to bring Cosworth back into the sport as its independent engine supplier. In an intriguing piece of speculation, YouTube has been linked to the team as a potential big sponsor after co-founder Chad Hurley was seen at Silverstone for last weekend's British Grand Prix.
  • Campos Grand Prix is a joint effort being fielded by Spanish outfits team Campos Racing and sports agency Meta Image. Campos won the teams championship in the second-tier GP2 series last year, and is expected to hit the F1 grid next season with a Dallara chassis and Cosworth engines. No confirmation so far on earlier reports linking Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim to the team.
  • Manor Grand Prix, the third new entry on the grid, is another joint effort, bringing Formula 3 team Manor Motorsport together with former Simtek and Benetton director Nick Wirth. Like the American outfit and Campos, Manor is also expected to use the new low-cost engine package being offered by onetime F1 mainstay supplier Cosworth. With the rising value of sponsoring this year's presumptive champions, Richard Branson's Virgin group is tipped to jump from Brawn to the upstart Manor team in the hopes of getting more value.

With USF1, Campos and Manor joining the existing field, that leaves Lola, Prodrive/Aston Martin, N.Technology/MSC, March, Litespeed/Lotus, Epsilon Euskadi, iSport, Team Superfund, Formtech, and Ray Mallock all outside the action with any other teams that may have chosen not to publicize their entries pending the FIA's approval. The returning teams will all be expected to lend a hand getting their new competitors up to speed for next season, after which the FIA is expected to begin a staggered cost-cutting program to get budgets down to what they were in the 1990's.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Good to see Cosworth getting back into it, will USF1 be the only United States team in F1 next year?
        • 5 Years Ago
        So far. There was a comment by Mosely, I think, that there was a second group showing interest in a team, but they'll only get a chance in 2010 if FOTA splits and the FIA needs to fill the backfield.

        Given the way the "peace" went down initially, I suspect that all of Mosely's ranting is just that-- ranting. Bernie isn't going to risk his cash flow because Mosely's having a temper tantrum.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When will Peter Windsor take American citizenship then?
        • 5 Years Ago
        About the same time when Indy stops pretending to be American.... Japanese engines, Italian/British chassis, driver line-up is pretty international...

        Why should the citizenship of Mr. Windsor ever matter?
        • 5 Years Ago
        trust me im sure hes not going to be changing citizenship... besides who cares, if the drivers represent America, what difference does it make...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah like the RedBull find an American F1 driver program which petered out... So for how long will USF1 have 2 American drivers, IF in fact they EVER have more than one American. Right now the ONLY youg American driver how shows continued improvement is Graham Rahal, everyone is way behind him.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because they are touting this as heavilly a US team in F1, but at least 50% of the people behind it is as Brit as they come.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was quite surprised when they announced the new teams to be entering this season, at about the time when the majour manufacturers were threatening to pull out. Due to the fact that Ferrari, BMW et al were all threating to leave, I expected the FIA to get Lotus and Aston Martin on board as two of the new teams, so they would still have big brand names on the grid (i know that the lotus team isn't directly linked to the road car company, but the name has massive history in F1.) The USF1 team was a shoe-in though, their bid had a lot of backing from a very early stage.
      I'm not too bothered about the sponsors though, I'd rather know who will be driving for these teams!
      • 5 Years Ago
      US F1? Really? I really don't get it. There's no United States GP anymore, let alone a GP in North America. There's no broadcast television coverage. What exactly is the long-term marketing program of US F1, and how does it hope to be more than an expensive stunt?

      Kudos to Windsor, but ever since the FIA thumbed its nose at the North American market, I've been really skeptical as a fan as to how much attention I should give this series. Figured the team would have been scuttled.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Common Aston Martin!
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's so "common" about Aston Martin?
        • 5 Years Ago
        wow horrible spelling by me lol

        what I meant to say was

        COME ON ASTON MARTIN!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Richard Branson's Virgin group is tipped to jump from Brawn to the upstart Manor team in the hopes of getting more value".

      Wait...WHAT?! WHY?!

      Since I'm no business man, especially of the caliber of Sir Richard Branson, could someone explain this to me (excluding the obvious -- money)? Come on, the exposure that he gets with BraunGP right now has got to be worth way more now than what he could possibly save by moving to ManorGP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        well obviously (well i take it that way) brawn is wanting to much for a main sponser. and sir Richards can probably stick a deal much cheaper and hold them to contract. so when the team does get big, he will still be main sponsor for what they would call "cheap". at least that's what i am thinking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And Brawn can likely do better. Ross Brawn wins championships and constructors' titles. His mastermind in F1 can't be denied as every team he's worked for has been immensely successful. Mercedes might be wise to drop McLaren as their factory outfit and have Brawn GP bear the tri-star banner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow horrible spelling by me lol

      what I meant to say was

      COME ON ASTON MARTIN!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      So Nick Wirth jumps back to F1... what does this mean for Acura's LMP development program?
      • 5 Years Ago
      good luck to USF1/GP!...
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