FIA considering tender for new Formula 1 teams


Formula 1 could be set to welcome more teams to the grid in the next few years after FIA president Jean Todt revealed in an interview that he is considering opening up a tender for new projects.

The FIA last opened up a tender at the end of 2013, with NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas winning the bid to get a team on the grid for the 2016 season.

F1 has encountered a number of problems in recent years due to financial uncertainty, with Caterham and HRT F1 Team both collapsing since 2012.

Marussia appeared to be going the same way as its fellow minnows after entering administration last October, but has since found fresh investment and is poised to join the grid for next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

Speaking to The New York Times, Todt said that although he did sympathize with Caterham and Marussia, their stories would not deter him from opening a tender for future teams.

“I am not happy for Marussia and Caterham and I sympathize for them, but it has always happened,” Todt said.

“In 2016 we have a new team coming, and we may make a tender again for one or two teams to encourage teams – and try to reduce the costs.”

Cost control has been F1’s biggest problem in recent years, with a proposed cost cap of $50m in 2010 being rejected by the sport’s more powerful teams.

Nevertheless, the decision was taken in 2014 to overhaul the technical regulations, with the cost of the new engines prompting many to question whether it was the right move.

The hybrid power units have come under fire for their cost and their functionality, but Todt believes that it was crucial for F1 to set an example to the car market that is becoming increasingly efficient.

“I feel it is one of the few sensible decisions which has been taken over the last period,” Todt said. “Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motor sport, so we must be an example to society.”

One of the other contributing factors to the sport’s financial crisis is the fact that only the top ten finishers in the constructors’ championship receive prize money. Although this does foster competition, it also means that those towards the back end of the field face a huge challenge to simply survive.

Should a tender be opened and the grid swell to 12 or 13 teams, it would perhaps be wise for the sport to review its prize money structure and consider other commercial changes to ensure that a full grid is able to race for years to come.

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Beta Motorcycles

Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.