ART Confirm Entry As Do USA Based Team
ART Grand Prix, the multiple GP2 and Formula 3 winning constructor have announced they have tendered an application to be considered for the available team slot in Formula One from the start of the 2011 season.
One of ART’s manager, Nicolas Todt the son of FIA president Jean announced the intentions to Autosport.
“The news that we have proposed ART is real, but at the moment it’s just a request, there is no certainty we’ll take the start next season,” he said.
“Realistically, I think it won’t be easy to take part in the 2011 F1 championship, because it’s not easy to set up a programme with very high costs.
“In light of this, I didn’t want to make bold statements over something that still needs to be defined. If we don’t make it, then it won’t be a drama. We’ll carry on working over this project, and if it doesn’t happen next year, then we’ll try again in the future.”
The team took Lewis Hamilton to a world title among other drivers and have sufficient experience to be a successful name within the sport.
Also announcing their intentions for an entry is a revised edition of the failed USF1 team project, with Chad Hurley and Parris Mullins two of the former board members of the team wanting to come into Formula One.
The team is based around a team known as the Cypher Group.
“I am part of a project right now that is trying to enter the sport,” Mullins told AUTOSPORT, in his first full-length interview since the end of US F1. “I can’t give away any specifics right now, but I can say I don’t believe a start-up team is possible.
“That is definitely a topic that will be debated for some time until a practical solution is found, but I think personally, given the current state of the sport and its rules, then a competitive start-up team simply isn’t possible.
“This sport is all about knowledge and you need to apply the experience gained from the previous years of competing in the sport, and the team needs to be operating in a cohesive environment.
“I think a great example is the Honda/Brawn situation last year. Here was an existing team that was taken over, the necessary changes were made and it was turned into a championship-winning team the following year. And that is no different from what we have seen in the past – with Red Bull Racing, Force India and Toro Rosso.”
Ferrari could throw the team a lifeline into Formula One by suggesting it wants to outsource two cars to use as a junior team for Ferrari in a similar fashion Toro Rosso are used by Red Bull.
“I dream of a third Ferrari managed by an American team, with the stars and stripes flag,” Luca di Montezemolo the boss of Ferrari told Gazzetta dello Sport.