NEW TEAMS WILL NOT BE COMPETITIVE

Lola owner Martin Birrane, whose company was passed over as one of the new teams to join Formula 1 in 2010, believes that the technical capabilities of the aspirants did not play a big enough part in the evaluation process.

Birrane fears that the applicants that were chosen could struggle because they lack the technical infrastructure of Lola. Campos Meta, Manor Grand Prix and US F1 were granted the three new grid slots in June, with Lotus F1 Racing also being granted an entry after BMW Sauber could not commit to signing the Concorde Agreement.