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.
MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
- 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
- 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish
For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.
Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.
The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.
Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.
View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.