Stefan GP have made history. At least that’s what they’re saying.
Despite having no entry for the new season the team has shipped a container of equipment to Bahrain in preparation for the first race. They reckon this is ‘historic’, and maybe it is, but it also seems somewhat ill advised.
Ignoring the fact that they aren’t on the entry list, with over a month to go before the season kicks off this is very premature. What if one of the current teams does pull out before Bahrain? Surely Stefan would want to do some testing, and all the kit they’ve sent to the Middle East would come in very handy.
For those who don’t know Stefan GP, headed by Serbian businessman Zoran Stefanovic, have bought the 2010 Toyota F1 cars, designed and built before the team pulled out of the sport. They’ve also hooked up with some of the Cologne-based squad’s technical staff.
And despite not being allowed entry to the new season Stefan are refusing to accept defeat. They’ve carried on working as if they were making their F1 debut on March 14th. This is the latest step on that impossible journey.
Driver-wise they’re likely to take Kazuki Nakajima on board, the ex-Williams racer having strong connections to the Toyota team Stefan have sourced their equipment from. Okay, he’s not the quickest racer in F1, and he’s no longer Japan’s brightest hope, but he does at least have recent F1 experience.
With rumours persisting that Campos Meta or USF1 wont make the start of the season Stefan GP may not be totally wrong to think they’ll be on the 2010 grid. They will launch and test their new car in Portugal on February 25th where, unlike the teams signed up for 2010, they can do as much running as they wish.
Let us know what you think about the latest twist in the Stefan GP story.
More info on StefanGP here: What/Who Exactly is Stefan GP