New Teams Making Progress: Senna, Virgin, and Glock

Sean CostelloContributor INovember 13, 2009

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Timo Glock of Germany and Toyota celebrates on the podium after finishing second during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 27, 2009 in Singapore.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Despite much nay-saying, it appears as if the four new Formula One teams are making good progress in the off season so far.


USF1, the United States based and funded F1 team, has vehemently denied claims that they have not yet begun crash-testing. The team has also announced they have indeed paid their F1 entry fee of $440,000.

There is, however still no word on USF1's drivers.

Lotus F1

Lotus has announced that they are crash-testing their car and that progress on the chassis is moving along smoothly.

Mike Gascoyne, Lotus' technical director has told reporters the team has a model running through a wind tunnel already, despite being the last new team granted entrance onto the 2010 grid.

Campos Meta

Bruno Senna, driver for Campos Meta and nephew of late three-time champion Ayrton Senna, said, "The (Campos) car is in good shape. I have sat in the monocoque for a seat fitting and tested the power steering system."

Campos announced that their car has already passed front and side-impact crash tests.

Manor Grand Prix

The last of the new teams, Manor Grand Prix, told reporters that their chassis is finished. However their techniques were unconventional to say the least. Technical director Nick Wirth reported they did not use wind tunnels to test Manor GP's chassis, instead, used solely computer technology.

Manor GP's sponsorship by Virgin is expected to conclude negotiations before Christmas. This comes soon after Ross Brawn of Brawn GP announced Virgin's sponsorship of BGP would come to an end.

Manor GP seems to be a target for Timo Glock as well.

Glock's manager, Hans Bernd Kamps said: "We are still in serious negotiations with three teams and Manor is one of them. We are approaching the finish and expect a decision at the beginning of next week."

After the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it seemed as if Glock would be signing to drive for Renault. However, with Renault's future in F1 becoming precarious, Glock decided to continue to explore his options.