Former Italian GP2 team in talks with Toyota about using its chassis in next year's F1 championship
1 June 2010

Toyota’s stillborn 2010 Formula One chassis may finally race in next year’s championship with one of the sport’s prospective new teams.

Former GP2 outfit Durango has confirmed it has lodged an entry for the vacant two grid slots on the 2011 F1 grid; team boss Ivone Pinton has claimed to Italian media that he is in talks with Toyota about securing the chassis for next year.

He also revealed his team’s bid is well funded by “two very big international groups".

Serbian F1 hopeful Stefan GP had agreed a deal with Toyota to race the chassis in this year’s championship, but failed to secure a place on the grid after US F1’s collapse.

Durango is one of 15 teams who have expressed an interest to the FIA for the slot and all interested parties must submit a formal bid by 21 June.

The FIA is likely to name a reserve alongside the successful entrant in case one of the teams on this year’s grid has to pull out with financial difficulties.

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1 June 2010

i was thinking if there is one thing that helps F1 if the rules are not working is that extra car make for more interest. watching in turkey the virgin and hispania cars fighting for last place is still entertaining, because for them it still means a lot, and is fun, there was even an overtake.

1 June 2010

If the Toyota chassis ends up racing in 2011, it will be 18 months behind on development. A new team should have the capability of developing its own. Look at the Hispania/Dallara debacle for evidence of how this can go wrong.

1 June 2010

Agreed with MattDB. The Toyota car was never that competitive, and not designed for the latest rule changes regarding refuelling.

1 June 2010

2010 car could be very good design though, even if not, it could be cheap to acquire.

and as it was a 2010 design it will have the large fuel tank. adapting it for 2011 they can design an F-duct from scratch, i think double diffusers are banned for next year.

1 June 2010

[quote beachland2] i was thinking if there is one thing that helps F1 [/quote]

[quote beachland2]watching in turkey the virgin and hispania cars fighting for last place[/quote]

[quote beachland2]there was even an overtake[/quote]

Which confirms what we all knew: F1 is beyond help. With WTCC down to precious few brands, I guess MotoGP and Le Mans is all we're left with....

1 June 2010

BTCC is good.

i love F1 without judgment though, once your in it may aswell be rat poison, it does the mind meld.

1 June 2010

Agree with MattDB this will be seriously out of date by next season with no development. They would be better off re-looking at the chassis rules and allowing existing teams to sell a 2010 chassis to the new teams for 2011. At least it would only be a second or two off the pace at worst. Its got to be better someone doing what Torro Rosso have done the last few seasons with Red Bull rather than what we have with Hispania etc now.

1 June 2010

[quote giulivo] I guess MotoGP and Le Mans is all we're left with....[/quote]

As a Casey Stoner fan , I'm a bit worried about MotoGP.

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