Ecclestone Reveals Government Support for Stefan GP
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Talking to the Express newspaper the other day, the Formula One chief executive once again revealed his worries that Campos Grand Prix and US Grand Prix Engineering (US F1) will not be able to make the grid for the first few rounds of the 2010 season. Consequently, there would be no point in wasting these entries and not give Serbian team Stefan GP the chance to start their own team in F1, argued Ecclestone.
However, while many are wondering who is actually behind the until-now-unknown Stefan Grand Prix team – financially speaking – the F1 supremo yesterday confirmed that Zoran Stefanovic's organization benefits from governmental support in their effort to become part of F1.
“They have got the money from the Serbian government, I've spoken to the prime minister,” said Ecclestone.
And we all know the fan Ecclestone is of state aid in terms of Formula One racing, as his plan for the future of the series is to get governments from all over the world supporting financially either some of the teams, or the majority of the circuits that are part of F1.
And money is something that the guys at Stefan GP have certainly used a lot in recent months, as they have purchased Toyota F1's former factory at Cologne, technical support and their 2010 single-seater (the TF110) in only a matter of months.
The team has recently confirmed that they will test their 2010 car at Portimao starting February 25, while also sending all their F1 equipment to Bahrain for the season opening round next month.
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