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FIA grants Sauber final 2010 team entry

As was rumoured throughout Thursday, Sauber has been granted the thirteenth and final confirmed team entry for the 2010 world championship. The FIA said in a statement that it wrote to the Hinwil based team with the news that a place on the grid...

As was rumoured throughout Thursday, Sauber has been granted the thirteenth and final confirmed team entry for the 2010 world championship.

The FIA said in a statement that it wrote to the Hinwil based team with the news that a place on the grid is available to Sauber "subject to their signing the Concorde Agreement".

F1's governing body added that Sauber's entry is in the "place of the departing Toyota team", amid earlier rumours the withdrawing Japanese manufacturer wanted to pass its entry to Stefan GP.

It had also been rumoured that Toyota is set to be fined by the FIA or Bernie Ecclestone for pulling out of F1 while under contract, but the Paris based federation indicated that the final outcome is satisfactory.

"The FIA has worked closely with the commercial rights holder and the teams involved over recent weeks and is grateful for their support in achieving the best outcome for the sport," said the FIA statement.

Sauber is expected to race with the numbers 26 and 27 in 2010, while the Swiss newspaper Blick said the link with Ferrari puts Giancarlo Fisichella in the frame for a seat.

"An updated Formula One entry list will be published in due course," the FIA added.

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