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Prodrive not giving up yet on 2010 12 Jun 2009

David Richards (GBR) CEO Prodrive.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Belgian Grand Prix, Race Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 16 September 2007

Prodrive Chairman David Richards is not giving up on hopes to compete in Formula One racing next year, even though his bid failed to make the FIA’s 13-team entry list for the 2010 championship as revealed on Friday.

The three new teams chosen to compete next year were Campos, Team US F1 and Manor. However, with the inclusion of McLaren, BMW Sauber, Renault, Toyota and Brawn dependent on the teams withdrawing conditions they placed on their original entries by next Friday, Richards is hopeful there could still be a chance for his bid.

"We are naturally disappointed by the FIA's decision not to include Prodrive in the preliminary entry list for 2010 as we believe we have the resources and set-up to be competitive in Formula One and would make a positive contribution to the sport,” said the former Benetton and BAR team principal.

“We will wait to see how things develop in the next week, up to the 19th June deadline set by the FIA and we remain prepared and ready to implement our plans should the circumstances allow. As we have seen before, there are quite often many twists and turns in Formula One.”

Fellow 2010 hopefuls Litespeed echoed Richards' comments. The UK-based F3 team, who hope to race under the Team Lotus name, said in a statement: “We remain in close contact with the FIA and will work with them to ensure that Team Lotus is selected in the event that any spaces become available in the next seven days. Our team remains committed to motor racing and does not intend to let this initial disappointment deter our Formula 1 ambitions.”