Site logo

Stefan GP or Fantasy GP?

NEWS STORY
28/04/2010

As Stefan GP boss Zoran Stefanovic declares that he fully intends applying for a slot on the 2011 grid, there remain unanswered questions as to what went wrong with his 2010 bid.

Just weeks before the start of the season, while there remained doubt as to how many teams would actually line up on the grid in Bahrain, and their (true) identity, former team boss turned BBC pundit Eddie Jordan - who proudly boasts that he rarely gets his predictions wrong - declared that Stefan GP would definitely be on the grid.

While the Serbian outfit had initially been treated with amusement, they were treated a little more seriously once it became known that they were 'involved' with Toyota.

The precise nature of this involvement was never really made clear, however, sections of the media were adamant that Stefanovic was serious about entering F1 and that the Toyota tie-up meant the Serbian outfit was looking more credible than Campos and USF1.

Along with plans to run the Toyota (2010) car, we were also told that Stefanovic was looking at all manner of drivers, most notably 1997 world champion, Jacques Villeneuve.

In early March, as Bahrain drew ever nearer, and the FIA was due to release the official entry list, anticipation was nearing fever pitch, bolstered with predictions such as Jordan's.

However, going back to early February, following an announcement that he had signed a deal which would see Stefan GP receive "technical support" from Toyota, Stefanovic had revealed that his team would be attending a test in Portugal and would then head to Bahrain, indeed, the Serbian thanked all manner of people for helping him in making the "dream come true".

While Stefanovic never revealed precisely what the "technical support" consisted of, the news came one month after Stefan GP had issued an ambiguous statement claiming that its car had passed the mandatory crash test - though admitting that this had been carried out internally by an independent outsourcing company and not by the FIA itself.

No mention was made at this time that the car that underwent the crash test was a Toyota, indeed, at around the same time, McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh expressed surprise that nobody had approached the Japanese manufacturer.

Fact is, it was a Toyota which had passed the test, however, it certainly wasn't Stefan GP's car, nor was it ever going to be until some of the numerous bills had been paid. Furthermore, the announcement came "some days" after the actual test had taken place, suggesting that it was some time before the information was passed on to Stefanovic.

In mid-February, while the future of both USF1 and Campos Meta remained in doubt, Stefanovic called on the FIA to allow a 14th slot on the 2010 grid in order that his team might take part.

Just one week later, however, he had to announce that the Portimao test had been cancelled as his team had been unable to source tyres. That's not entirely true, they had been able to source tyres, however, Bridgestone was only obliged to supply those teams officially entered in the world championship.

Next came a kicking from the prancing horse, an anonymous article on the official Ferrari website describing Stefan GP as the "Serbian vultures".

LATEST NEWS

more news >

RELATED ARTICLES

LATEST IMAGES

galleries >

  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images

POST A COMMENT

or Register for a Pitpass ID to have your say

Please note that all posts are reactively moderated and must adhere to the site's posting rules and etiquette.

Post your comment

READERS COMMENTS

 

No comments posted as yet, would you like to be the first to have your say?

Share this page

X

Copyright © Pitpass 2002 - 2018. All rights reserved.

about us  |  advertise  |  contact  |  terms  |  privacy & security  |  rss