Durango Submit 2011 F1 Entry Bid
Duragno, the former GP2 Series team have announced their intentions to submit an entry bid for the single available slot on the Formula One grid for the 2011 season.
The new slot has been made available for next season by the announcement that the USF1 team based in Charlotte, USA has closed down and their grid slot is available. So that the right team would be gievn the slot the FIA have said that a new bidding process is being opened and all offers are being tendered for a slot and a reserve slot. Applicants have another 6 days to get their information to the FIA (Expect a blog on the offers then).
Durango left the GP2 series at the end of 2009 due to financial difficulties, but their boss, Ivone Pinton says that the team have new backers with deep pockets who want more than just a team in a feeder series.
“After all the wrong things happened last season we tried our best to look for new partners in our racing activity,” said Pinton.
“It did not take too long to understand that the interest could be aroused just about Formula 1 and nothing else. So we pushed towards this direction and I can say that, to enter F1, we can now enjoy the backing of two very big international groups.
“So even keeping the feet on the ground as we say in Italy, because up till now this is just a serious attempt, I like to consider that after so many years spent pushing young drivers to become future champions now the time has come to strongly push Durango as a team towards the motorsport pinnacle.”
The Durango name has been around in motorsports for some time, as their main GP2 series team and the GP2 Series Asia teams have existed. They also previously ran a Formula 3000 team and F3 team.