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LOLA Withdraws F1 Application

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  1. RP

    RP F1 World Champ

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    Lola has withdrawn its application to enter Formula 1. The announcement follows the UK racing constructors' failure to receive a place on the initial 2010 entry list.

    In a statement released on Tuesday the company said: "Lola F1 Team Ltd has today advised the FIA of the decision to withdraw its application to enter the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.

    "Significant financial investment has been made in producing its 2010 contender and the FIA had requested that the Lola F1 Team remain in a state of readiness for a possible future entry.

    "Lola F1 Team has thanked the FIA for giving its application to enter the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship serious consideration."

    Though Lola would not comment further on the matter, AUTOSPORT understands that owner Martin Birrane is hugely disappointed not to have received an entry given the work and effort his company had put in to proving it could be a legitmate and serious competitor.

    Birrane told AUTOSPORT last weekend that the company was already well down the line with the design of its 2010 contender, but that it had needed time to absorb the news of its failure to make the initial list before making a final decision on its future.

    "We've had our model in the tunnel for the last week, and we have a proper car now," said Birrane.

    "We've had a lot of people working on it for seven weeks, with a lot of input from people with current experience in Formula 1."
     
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  3. greyboxer

    greyboxer F1 World Champ

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    FOTA's 9th team ?
     
  4. kirill

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    LOL :)
    But as funny as it is.... What if it's true and Lola decided to ditch Mosley's Fx in favor of better series ?
     
  5. Telefonos de Mexico

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    Really looking foward to FOTA. Too Many years of Mosley and Ecclestone have made them loose touch with it's clients and customers/fans of the sport.FIA has pitiful coverage of its other sports and there is just a lot of people/teams/sponsors looking foward to the change that will happen.
     
  6. futureowner

    futureowner Formula 3

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    I'd love to see them join FOTA, why you'd keep no name teams and drop the likes of Lola and Aston Martin (aka Prodrive) in Formula-1 is absolute insanity. While we're at it, I'd love to see Richards bring Aston Martin to FOTA!
     
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  8. VIZSLA

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    What possible sense does this make?
     
  9. kraftwerk

    kraftwerk Two Time F1 World Champ

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    Dave, they must be real pissed off given the teams PornoMax has picked over Lola :Birrane says that he is underwriting the whole thing himself, but of course he will offset that by finding sponsorship. He has a lot of property in Ireland and Lola is now a very successful company with defence contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Yes, Lola has recruited an entire F1 design team and has everything it takes to enter F1, So given that fact why would you choose small fry over Lola.

    It's probably Birrane's way of saying stick it up your sorry ass Mosley.
     
  10. VIZSLA

    VIZSLA Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Sorry Steve, for a second I mistook F1 for a reality based event. Won't happen again.
     
  11. kraftwerk

    kraftwerk Two Time F1 World Champ

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    Ah yes that would explain it no worries Dave I know where your coming from..
     
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  13. VIZSLA

    VIZSLA Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Yes I know too. That's why I leave a trail of bread crumbs.
    Why the FIA would exclude LOLA is beyond me. Of all the new teams they have the best (only?) claim to legitimacy.
     
  14. #Lennard

    #Lennard Formula 3

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    They designed a car and got a windtunnel model in 7 weeks?
     
  15. kirill

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    It's probably "version 0.1" They drew a prototype under Gascoyne's guidance, built a model and put it into tunnel.
    It's probably not as good as Force India, but it is something.
     
  16. kirill

    kirill Formula Junior

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    I will laugh hard when Prodrive and Lola will join FOTA, and Max is Bernie are left with ex-1.
     

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