Remember Stefan Grand Prix?
For the uninitiated, Stefan GP was a racing team that tried unsuccessfully to join F1 in 2010. Owned by and named after the Serbian businessman Zoran Stefanovic, Stefan GP’s bid to join F1 for the 2010 season was rejected. He tried again in 2011 and in 2015, only to be unsuccessful again.
Not one to give up, Stefanovic has now revealed plans to put Stefan GP on the grid for the 2019 Formula 1 season as a team based out of Italy.
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“Before coming to Austria, I’ve put together some very important agreements”, said Stefanovic who is at this weekend’s Austrian GP to meet Liberty Media’s Ross Brawn.
Stefanovic has said that he has already set up facilities in the Italian town of Parma, secured wind tunnel access facilities, and has hired former Ferrari man Enrique Scalabroni to look after the technical aspects.
“I defined that it will be based in Parma, which is located a reasonable distance from the wind tunnel. I’ve also signed a contract with a specialist in aerodynamics to help work on the project.”
Talking to Motorsport.com, Zoran Stefanovic has said that he plans to spend the next year putting the team together for when the FIA decide to open the tender for new slots on the F1 grid.
Will Stefan GP finally become a reality in 2019? What about the interest from the new China F1 Racing Team? FIA President Jean Todt has said that a tender will be made only when there are very serious candidates ready. These candidates sound pretty serious.
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– Aditya Bhat.