• Jan 16th 2010 at 11:00AM
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Following the culmination of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, slots were granted to four new teams for the upcoming season. They were all ecstatic about the prospect of dicing it with the likes of McLaren and Ferrari, but not all of them are guaranteed to make it when the flag waves at Bahrain in just a couple months' time. This comes right from the mouth Bernie Ecclestone, F1's notoriously outspoken commercial director.

Rumors have been circulating for months that at least two of the teams – USF1 and Campos Meta – were having trouble finalizing their car designs and getting their houses in order. The other two newcomers – Lotus and Virgin – have hardly been immune to the rumors, either.

Given the difficulties involved in designing, building and fielding two new cars from scratch, Ecclestone doubts all four will be ready to start the season, much less see it through to the end. Bernie's solution would have been to allow the newcomers to purchase chassis from any of the established teams, and field just one car to start off. Good idea or not, it's a little late at this point, so we'll just have to sit back and see how it unfolds.

[Source: Autosport | Image: AFP/Getty]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they don't make it, that's their doing. YOU and the FIA still got payed for their entrance fees / applications...

      Barrichello and Hulkenberg signing at Williams,
      Williams and many other MFR's running Cossie engines,
      Schumacher signing at the Silver Arrow,
      Button signing at McLaren,
      Alonso in Ferrari red,
      Senna having a possible backup seat at Toro Rosso,
      The upcoming possible Rome race,
      ALL 20 living WDC champions at the opening race, unveiling dates for the upcoming cars,
      Vettel's talk about the steadfast reliability of the Renault package and its better in fuel economy than other mfr's..
      And more.

      You don't need to make news. There's enough news in the off season to keep me excited.

      I CANNOT WAIT FOR NEXT SEASON. SHUT UP. Bernie, no news from you is good news. Go buy Saab and bring it back to its glory days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bernie Ecclestone is a man with a lot of money...with only making more money on his mind. What better way to get more sales on tickets, more internet hits on "F1", than to constantly deride those in it and create media hype to stir up the pot of fake F1 drama. And when they do show up to the grid the old fool has the nerve to say "uhhh yaa chapp I knew it all along". BE needs to be letting me know wtf is up with F1 2010 360.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I also think Bernie is just saying anything to create buzz in the media about F1. This is the off season and things like 24hrs of Daytona and motocross are getting more headlines in North America. One would hope with the new USF1 team that North American media will take at least a modest amount of more interest in F1.

      I use to watch NASCAR, but there is so much coverage and the technology has become so limited that I have lost interest over the years. "The cars of tomorrow" program made me feel like it means nothing to have different companies in the series when the cars are basically all the same. Just swap stickers from Toyota to Ford or Ford to Chevy and your set to go. I know it is exactly that simple, but it seems like it.

      Sorry, getting way off topic. Bernie comes off kind of brain dead sometimes, but he is wealthy, so maybe the road to riches is to make everyone think you loopy so they do not think you are a threat and then you pounce. I would like to see someone else take ownership of F1. I feel like Bernie is milking the series for cash more than he is growing the sport.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He never knows when to shut up, does he?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bernie, . . . shut the 'F' up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just hope and pray that USF1 isn't a total embarrassment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They got rid of Mosley now someone needs to buy this clown out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He's just trying to generate some headlines. He doesn't know anything. Everyone move along.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see Lotus being the first to make it as well as Virgin, they have the greatest backup, have signed known drivers and really seem fit for the sport. USF1, as much as they are showing or believe they are showing do not seem to be fit for F1 running it like it's a low budget show. Don't get me wrong, the idea of having a US team is awesome but not when it comes from Peter Windsor and his business partners; a real US team would have great marketing backup and the money, car and drivers to show for it. Campos is even worse and these guys I'm sure won't be racing. Of all applications the one who should have been really granted a spot was ProDrive/Aston Martin which had the great possibility of being another manufacturer in F1 and introducing their own Aston Martin engines in the long run, unfortunately the bafoons running the show thought that wasn't the case and never granted them an entry. Nevertheless next season will be a great one and I'm looking forward to seeing Ferrari fight after this last crazy year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm going to give USF1 the benefit of a doubt but it's looking a bit shaky. No drivers have been announced, that I know of and where's the car? Testing is supposedly coming up "soon"? So far it's looking rather sad.

      I hope I'm wrong but maybe Peter shouldn't have given up his day job?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The FIA/FOM allowed in 4 teams whom they chose. They turned away some very serious entrants like Richards Prodrive and Lola. Richards has a track record second to none in executing and Lola had a finished car already. So why were the 4 teams chosen over these 2 in the first place? Talk about shooting youslef in the foot it seems F1 is sadly lacking in logical managers these days.