Stefan GP-Toyota agreement ends; can USF1 really be next?

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Stefan GP has ended its relationship with Toyota, Autosport is reporting today, which confirms what SPEED TV first reported on Friday.

But Stefan owner Zoran Stefanovic is still insisting that he’s looking for a way onto the 2010 grid.

How that can mean anything other than getting USF1’s slot, via buying the team or at least buying the entry, I’m not sure. Although of course stranger things have happened in Formula 1.

As we detailed on Friday, there were hazy reports that Stefan and USF1 were talking, with Autosport burying that bit in a story and then SPEED quoting Bernie Ecclestone about it. SPEED’s reporting of the end of the Stefan-Toyota deal provided the impetus for Stefan to turn its sights on USF1.

And now Autosport quotes Stefanovic as saying he still has an option to get on this year’s grid.

“We are all the time looking for a solution which is feasible for us,” he added. “At the moment there is no opportunity to organise anything. At the moment we’re basically looking to see which direction we will go in the very near future.

“Our intention is to start with the FIA and the process, but we have to wait and make a decision. It is not just [a matter] of saying yes, it is how [we do it].”

Do you suppose the matter of “how” involves being able to convince the USF1 owners that selling or merging makes sense?

I think this is one we’re going to have to keep watching, because Zoran refuses to go away.

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