F1 tender fails to attract viable new teams

Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:51pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S.-based Haas team will be Formula One's sole newcomers next season after an attempt by the sport's governing body to attract fresh entrants failed to come up with any viable candidates.

An International Automobile Federation (FIA) spokesman said on Monday that neither of the two applicants who had responded to an FIA tender had satisfied the criteria and the process was closed.

No details were given on the identity of the latest applicants.

Formula One currently has 10 teams with Haas already advanced in their preparations to join them in 2016 with Ferrari power units.

The FIA had launched a tender in May to try and attract more teams from the start of 2016 or 2017 at a time when some of the current entrants are facing an uncertain future.

The sport has not had 12 teams, and 24 cars, since the end

of 2012.

Of the three teams who joined in 2010, only Marussia remain despite missing the last three races of 2014 due to financial problems and then coming out of administration by the skin of their teeth.   Continued...