However, talking to Autosport earlier this week, the team's very owner Zoran Stefanovic insisted that the decision to ship the equipment for the opening 4 rounds of the 2010 calendar is a business one. He played down reports that his team is expecting an automatic entry for the 2010 championship, and admitted he is not very thrilled with the way the FIA conducted its selection for the 2010 teams' lineup.
“It is a business decision. We didn't say at any time nor at any moment imply that we need a sort of preferential special status or automatic entry. We have said that on merit we can do it. We are working and we can do this,” says Stefanovic, according to Autosport.
“If it is not enough for the sport, the we have no problem with this. But the question must then arise: why are we not sufficiently good for this sport? If that is the case, then this sport has a problem - and in my opinion the sport does have a problem in organizing a sufficient number of teams. That is just our opinion - but we stand with this.”
“If someone is not going in, it should be filled with someone who could go in,” added the Serbian team owner.
Earlier this week, the FIA president Jean Todt confirmed that the teams will be given a 3-year “missing” period from the 2010 schedule, in order to solve their problems. Only if a team misses more than 3 races (not necessarily consecutive), it will be replaced by the FIA via a new selection process.