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Report: FIA set to grant Formula One entry to Forza Rossa

Jun 3, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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A new report from noted Formula One journalist Adam Cooper states that the FIA is understood to have granted a Formula One entry to Romanian group Forza Rossa Racing, making them the 13th franchise in the World Championship.

This comes after the FIA said in April that it was “in the process of conducting further investigations for Forza Rossa” in a statement.

Said statement also confirmed an entry for Haas Formula, a U.S.-based team led by NASCAR team co-owner and machine tools magnate Gene Haas.

However, it looks like the Haas team could choose to delay their F1 debut to 2016 in order to prepare more thoroughly.

Two months have passed since Haas Formula got the green light, but even with that additional entry delay, Cooper writes that Forza Rossa is believed to be still aiming to hit the grid next season.

The team is expected to be put together by former Force India and HRT team principal Colin Kolles (pictured) and operate out of his base in Munich, Germany.

Additionally, the report states that the team plans to run on Renault power. However, it bears noting that the man leading the project, ex-Romanian health minister Ion Bazac, has used the Forza Rossa banner as the country’s main importer for Ferrari.

With that in mind, we probably shouldn’t count out a possible engine deal with the Prancing Horse – if and when the team is officially confirmed, that is.

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    With Collin Kolles leading the team we shouldn’t count on seeing them on the grid let alone having a competitive car any time soon.

  2. manik56 - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    I wish they would allow part time entrys and quit awarding franchises like this is the NFL. Release a rule book and come one come all. Split up money based on points.

  3. testover6370 - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    This makes me think a number of the existing teams are on shaky grounds.

    • crunge4461 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Yes, there is absolutely no question that there are existing teams on shaky ground, no question. Renault/Lotus has been teetering since last year at least, Caterham boss said at the beginning of the year that if the team was unable to score this year he may exit, Williams came out in a report today that the new engines are far too expensive…yes there is absolutely no question that there are some financial stability issues with a number of F1 teams, this is something that is well documented.

      • crunge4461 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Not Williams Patrick Head, former Williams man

  4. worknman24hours - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    The longer this goes,the more I think Haas may well tell his backers ,this is just not a money making propsition here,let’s bail.

    They are looking at ALL the parameters and they are in this to win AND make money too.

    As far as Forza goes,look for a heck of alot of money to change hands and an existing team to be rebranded to the Forza label.

    Marussia, looking at you.

    • indycarseries500 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Gene Haas has the biggest ego in the NASCAR paddock, he added a 4th car behind his partner’s back just so he could see a car with his name on it in victory lane, he’s not giving up until he wins or just flat goes broke.

  5. stephenwh - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Gene Hass is not going to F1 to make money directly, he is going to F1 to get global exposure for his brand, thereby making money in the long run from the exposure.

  6. crunge4461 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    I really think that Haas will only enter F1 if there develops a customer car option. The Monaco press conference for team principals the Ferrari chief acknowledged that they were in talks with Haas about this very idea, customer cars, Ferrari supports this, but other teams not as much. The Haas decision will probably be based on the customer car option. I really thought Patrick Head’s comments about the costs and the problems with F1 were spot on, too expensive, over complicated and the focus should be on drivers and on track racing excitement, agreed!

  7. jimbobogie - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    There have been “Bigger Fish” than Haas Racing to enter-and leave-F1. Unless you enter as a manufacturing team (Ferrari, Mercedes-or the other way around :) ), you’re not going to get a sniff of the podium because you’ll be using somebody’s equipment from the previous year. Do you think that Haas can get a “Big 3” company to devote their time and money (what money?) to an F1 project? Toyota tried and couldn’t make it work-neither can Richard Branson.

    Will American F1 fans support a “Back Marker”? Even if the “Back Marker” is Danica Patrick?

    Methinks not for long.

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