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.