The FIA has published its list of 2010 F1 teams, but has failed to resolve the continuing cnfusion around the 13th team.
Following Toyota’s announced withdrawal from the sport, many had expected the former BMW team, which announced it had sold its F1 operation back to Peter Sauber last week, to be granted the 13th grid position as it had been promised in the event of a team pulling out of the sport.
However, with Toyota’s legal position still unclear, the FIA as only announced 12 teams for 2010. It commented in a statement that, “Toyota Motorsport GmbH remains formally bound by the Concorde Agreement to put forward a team for participation, though it has indicated that it will not be in a position to do so. An announcement will be made regarding this entry in due course.”
The new Mercedes GP outfit remains named BrawnGP under the FIA’s document, although the statement makes note of the team’s intention to change its name to Mercedes Grand Prix prior to the start of the 2010 F1 season.
In the worst kept secret of the last six months, OK equal worst kept secret along wth Ferrari signing Fernando Alonso, Manor will be known as Virgin Racing.
1 Jenson BUTTON (GB) VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES
2 Lewis HAMILTON (GB) VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES
3 Nico ROSBERG (D) BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM*
4 TBA BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM*
5 Sebastian VETTEL (D) RED BULL RACING
6 Mark WEBBER (AUS) RED BULL RACING
7 Felipe MASSA (BR) SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO
8 Fernando ALONSO (E) SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO
9 Rubens BARRICHELLO (BR) AT&T WILLIAMS
10 Nico HÜLKENBERG (D) AT&T WILLIAMS
11 Robert KUBICA (PL) RENAULT F1 TEAM
12 TBA RENAULT F1 TEAM
14 Adrian SUTIL (D) FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM
15 Vitantonio LIUZZI (I) FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM
16 Sébastien BUEMI (CH) SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO
17 TBA SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO
18 TBA LOTUS F1 RACING
19 TBA LOTUS F1 RACING
20 TBA CAMPOS META 1
21 Bruno SENNA (BR) CAMPOS META 1
22 TBA US F1 TEAM
23 TBA US F1 TEAM
24 Timo GLOCK (D) VIRGIN RACING
25 TBA VIRGIN RACING