Exciting news has broken this morning as it seems Lotus are set to return to Formula One after a 15 year absence.
The FIA confirmed this morning that the team (which now has Malaysian backing) will take up the 13th slot on the grid in the 2010 season. Mike Gascoyne (remember him) will also be joining the team as their technical chief.
It will be the first time the British team have competed since the 1994 season.
But what does all this mean for BMW Sauber, the previous owners of this grid slot. In a statement, the FIA also mentioned that they had received ‘an impressive application from the BMW Sauber Team. However, given that BMW has announced it will withdraw its support in 2010, there are still uncertainties regarding the future ownership of the team.
“Nevertheless, the FIA considers that BMW Sauber’s application is of high quality and would constitute a competitive participant in the Championship. As such, it has awarded BMW Sauber the ‘14th place’ in the Championship meaning that it will be entitled to fill any vacancy that arises on the 2010 grid.”
So could we be seeing one of the biggest grids ever next year with a full 28 cars starting in Melbourne next year. Or of course, there could be a possible space coming up if Renault are chucked out…..
It looks like another quite different year for F1.
Source : James Allen