Phoenix lands in Malaysia

Formula One has been given a surprise in the form of supposed new team Phoenix arriving in Malaysia ahead of the Grand Prix weekend. The Phoenix Group recently bought assets of the now defunct Prost Grand Prix and according to Tom Walkinshaw,...

Formula One has been given a surprise in the form of supposed new team Phoenix arriving in Malaysia ahead of the Grand Prix weekend. The Phoenix Group recently bought assets of the now defunct Prost Grand Prix and according to Tom Walkinshaw, who's TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing) are to supply the team on the engineering side, were preparing to debut in Malaysia.

The intention appeared to be blocked by FIA President Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone, who said that Phoenix had bought only assets of Prost, not the right to race and they could not take to the grid. However, Phoenix have appeared in Malaysia complete with two chassis and Walkinshaw had previously confirmed that TWR would supply engines.

A spokesperson from Prost confirmed that although Prost are not involved, they believe that Phoenix had the go ahead: "We are not involved in any way with the project, but we had confirmation from England that they had the green light to fly to Malaysia. They took the two AP04s they had acquired from the liquidator with an engine and gearbox. We don't know the technical references of this package, but they have two complete cars ready to run."

Gaston Mazzacane recently confirmed that he has a contract to drive for Phoenix and the other driver is thought to be Tarso Marques. Although the cars and mechanics have turned up, it is not yet known if they will be on the grid, or have even been granted the special passes F1 personnel need to access the paddock. Should the team gain entry and the cars pass scrutineering, it seems doubtful that they could qualify inside the 107% of pole position.

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Series Automotive , Formula 1
Drivers Gaston Mazzacane , Tarso Marques , Tom Walkinshaw