(FIA) released its list of expected entrants for the 2010 season Friday with explainers on the newbies. Of a list of 15 applicants wanting to take advantage of FIA president Max Mosley's promise to lower team operating costs, nine were...
(FIA) released its list of expected entrants for the 2010 season Friday with explainers on the newbies. Of a list of 15 applicants wanting to take advantage of FIA president Max Mosley's promise to lower team operating costs, nine were interviewed, and three were selected.
Spanish company Campos Meta will compete as Campos Grand Prix.
Started in 1998 by former F1 driver Adrian Campos, who will serve as Campos GP team principal, Campos Racing has since competed in European Formula Three and GP2, winning six drivers championships and five team championships, including the current GP2 title. Campos Racing runs Campos Meta in conjunction with Meta Image, a Madrid sports agency. The team will be based in Madrid with technical facilities in Valencia. Campos Meta has agreed to an engine deal with Cosworth and has technical partnerships with Dallara Automobili and Xtrac.
English company Manor Grand Prix Racing will compete as Manor F1 Team.
Started in 1990 by single-seater champion John Booth, who will serve as team principal for Manor F1, Manor Grand Prix Racing has won 171 races and 19 championships in Formula Renault and European Formula Three. The team works from facilities in Sheffield and Bicester. The engineering company Wirth Research Limited, which designs racing cars digitally, is Manor's technical partner. Wirth founder Nick Wirth, technical director of Manor Grand Prix, has a long association with F1, including a stint as the team principal of Simtek Grand Prix.
Manor has signed an engine deal with Cosworth.
"We received the news this morning with great excitement," Booth told BBC Radio 5 Live. "We had Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen (current and former World Drivers Champions, respectively) drive for us in 2000. "The budget cap enabled new people to enter the sport."
American company Team USF1 will compete as Team USF1.
Team principal Ken Anderson offers 30 years of experience producing Indycars and turns at running technical operations for F1 teams Ligier and Onyx to a US team. The team will be based in in Charlotte, N.C., near a wind tunnel of Anderson design; the team is also planning to have a European base at the Epsilon Euskadi technical center in Spain. Anderson's partner Peter Windsor has worked in F1 with stints at Ferrari and Williams.
USF1 has agreed to an engine deal with Cosworth.
The Cosworth deals are indicated as three-year arrangements for supply of engines and technical assistance that will be identical for each team.
"I am pleased that Cosworth's exceptional mix of capabilities has enabled us to provide a solution for Formula One that sits so neatly with our existing operations in the aerospace and defense sectors," Cosworth chief executive Tim Routsis said in a statement. "Cosworth is proud not only to be able to provide a solution that will deliver the performance needed by these teams to compete in this most technologically challenging sport, but also to extend its long association with Formula One as a truly independent provider of competitive motive power."
Begun by British engineers Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth in 1958 to produce racing engines, Cosworth's first victory came in 1960 through Scottish champion Jim Clark driving a Lotus 18 in Formula Junior. Clark, by then a double world champion, again provided notable victory for the engine makers when he won the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix on the debut of the Ford Cosworth DFV (double four valve), an engine that would log 155 victories in 15 years. Cosworth provided F1 engines until 2007, when Scuderia Toro Rosso switched to Ferrari and Williams F1 to Toyota. The Cosworth CA2006 that powered the Williams FW28 achieved 20,000 revolutions per minute at its race debut in Bahrain, 2006.
The little racing engine company has become a high-technology force in aerospace, defense, energy and marine industries in 40 years.
"Cosworth has the necessary infrastructure to fulfill the supply of Formula One engines without affecting our other activities," Routsis said.