However, although all the 4 teams have announced their plans to be part of the F1 grid next year, only Meta Campos has been officially added to the FOTA organization.
Earlier this month, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone revealed his doubts over the fact that all 4 teams will actually make the grid next year. US Grand Prix Engineering seemed to have the most problems in setting up their F1 operations, but the allegations were constantly denied by team owners Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson.
Another team with the “doubtful” mark above their head for the 2010 season is British outfit Manor. Not a single piece of information regarding their 2010 operations has surfaced in the media in recent months, leading many to believe that the team managed by John Booth may have second thoughts on actually starting in the series next year.
The most constant rumor regarding Manor was their potential link with Brawn GP sponsor Virgin Group. However, Sir Richard Branson is yet to consider his sponsorship options for 2010, as his company may very well continue with the Brackley based team next year.
The fact that only Campos – and probably, soon enough, Lotus F1 Team – has been granted an entry into the FOTA is reason for hope at Hinwil. BMW Sauber is currently seeking a 14th entry from the FIA for the 2010 championship, but needs the approval of FOTA for that to be allowed. In case one of the new teams fails to secure their operations for 2010, the Swiss team is waiting around the corner to take advantage.