Among the potential teams to submit their proposals to run off and join the circus for next season were Cypher Group (another American entry), Nicolas Todt's ART Grand Prix (winner of several GP2 and F3 titles), Epsilon Euskadi (whose bid had been rejected in favor of USF1 last season) and a collaboration between former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve and the Durango GP2 team.
Impressive and compelling entries all, but the FIA's World Motor Sport Council ultimately decided that none of them were suitable to join next year's championship. A wise choice, perhaps, considering the trouble that this year's new entrants have been having trying to keep pace with the veterans, but undoubtedly disappointing for those hopefuls. Whether the bidding process will be reopened again for 2012 remains to be seen.
[Source: Autosport | Image: Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty]