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.
Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.
Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.
Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.
“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.
“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”
Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.
“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.
“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”