>> Friday, May 29, 2009
Teams wishing to enter the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship have until this (Friday) evening to lodge their entries. So far only a handful has officially confirmed that they have submitted entries.
Of the existing constructors, just Williams have declared putting their name forward. Their rivals have so far delayed lodging entries, as talks continue over the FIA’s plans to introduce a voluntary budget cap next season. It remains to be seen whether a compromise will be reached ahead of Friday’s deadline.
Several new names are keen to compete next season, when the grid is expected to feature 13 teams. The US-based squad led by F1 veterans Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson have already lodged their entry, as has the Spanish Campos Racing concern, led by ex-Formula One driver Adrian Campos.
A number of others have declared their intention to enter, including legendary race car constructors Lola, who last competed in Formula One racing in the 1990s. Former F1 team principal David Richard’s Prodrive organisation is also understood to be submitting an application.
The FIA is due to publish details of the successful 2010 applicants on Friday, June 12.