It's not every day that the FIA opens up applications to accept a new Formula One team on the grid. In fact the last time it did was in 2010, when 15 interested parties applied. The FIA ended up picking three: Virgin, Lotus and HRT. Virgin ended up taken over by Marussia, that Lotus team became what is now known as Caterham, and the Hispania Racing Team (whose 2011 chassis is pictured above, largely without sponsors) ended up dropping out. But now the FIA is reportedly opening it up to find a replacement for HRT and expand the grid back to 12 teams.

Potential new teams are invited to register a formal expression of interest with the FIA by January 3. Considering that's just three weeks away, insiders are speculating that the FIA could already have some applicants in mind. The new team would have to commit to be on the grid by 2015 and remain there through 2020. The regulations state that there can be as many as 13 teams on the grid, so if the FIA – which has sole discretion over which applicant(s) will be accepted – finds more than one suitable new entry, it could feasibly give both a shot at the big leagues.


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      BAirey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford. Ford. Ford. Ford Racing. Ecoboost branded motors. Then a huge American company like Google, Yahoo or Apple for sponsorship. Hire Alexander Rossi (American) and Connor Daly (American). Both show huge promise especially Alex. Could be pretty legit to say the least. Its soo difficult for a brand new team to succeed with the stupid limit on testing. I suspect this is half the reason that Audi wont commit to the sport (prob the best candidate based on the new regs). The top level of Motorsport should not limit testing as much as they do. I understand its based on lowering costs, but when a newer team (caterham) cant test they cant improve enough to get 10th in the championship then lose out on bout $50 million. In turn costing them more than a few tests would have. I say lose the Bahrain GP bring back a legit French GP and one two day test per month throughout the season. Teams can choose where to do it too so as to lower costs. Im sure a fair amount would just test the few days after a GP weekend and that track. Also giving the fans more opportunities to be around the sport they love.
      Michael Peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hoping for a #teamUSA
        TrippulG3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Peters
        I'm hoping for a *competitive* Team USA.
        Rob8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Peters
        I would just be happy with a U.S. driver on anyone of the teams for now. But preferably a good team of course.
        T.rack
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Peters
        I second that
      Rob8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would like to see a factory Audi or Porsche team. Can't see anyone else competing with the big boys as is.
      crazydriver
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tata on its upper back?
      no1bondfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time for a Kickstarter campaign. $200m ought to do it. Who's with me? /sarc
      Proghog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully it will be GM under the Cadillac badge.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mary Barra And Reuss need to step up, or Perhaps Ford Racing?