Prodrive var ju på gång in i Formel 1 tidigare, men så sprack det hela. Minns inte riktigt varför de inte hade bra nog ansökan sist. Men nu har de i alla fall gjort klart att de inte kommer söka till nästa säsong.
Det är lite synd, särskilt med tanke på att det snackades om att de var på väg in med det klassiska Aston Martin som märke. De meddelar via sin hemsida att de satsar på rally och andra racingklasser, bland annat genom just Aston Martin, i stället.
Så här skriver de;
Prodrive focuses on the World Rally Championship and sportscar racing Prodrive will focus its attention on a return to the World Rally Championship for 2011, as well as continuing to expand its Aston Martin racing programme and will not therefore pursue an entry for the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Prodrive chairman, David Richards said: “Our current focus is on Prodrive’s return to the World Rally Championship in 2011 and that alone takes significant resource to design and develop a totally new car. At the same time, we continue to expand our activities with Aston Martin in all categories of sportscar racing, in the USA, Europe and at Le Mans. We also have a full V8 Supercar series to contest in Australia with Ford, which together with further investment in advanced vehicle technologies for road car applications creates a very demanding agenda for the business.
“Taking on the challenge of starting a brand new Formula One team, finding the necessary funding and developing the car from scratch is a massive undertaking and not to be under estimated,” he added. “As expected, we’ve witnessed the financial and technical challenges that the new teams have faced this year in just getting to the grid, let alone being competitive and whilst I have enormous admiration for their efforts I don’t believe this is an appropriate strategy for Prodrive or Aston Martin to adopt.
“We’ve enjoyed a successful involvement in F1 in the past and respect the value it can create; we will therefore keep a close eye on developments in the Championship. However, I have always made it very clear that the timing for a Prodrive entry would be judged on two criteria: that we could be competitive and that the business case would make it a financially viable proposition. Today, if we were to adopt the strategy of starting a new team, I don’t believe it is possible to meet these two conditions.”