Kolles and Stefan GP emerge as bidders for new F1 team


Zoran Stefanovich

Colin Kolles and Stefan GP have indicated that they are keen to explore the possibility of becoming Formula 1’s new teams in 2015.

Auto Motor und Sport report that Kolles, who has been involved with F1 in the past with Midland, Spyker, Force India and most recently HRT, is said to be interested in a new F1 project should the much talked about ‘Global Cost Cap’ become official in the sport. Kolles continues to be involved with DTM and LMP2 in the WEC.

In 2009 Stefan GP, led by Serbian businessman Zoran Stefanovich, bought the defunct Cologne based Toyota Motorsport operation with a view to becoming a F1 entrant, and applied to be one of the new teams introduced in 2010, but lost out to Marussia, Hispania Racing (HRT) and Caterham, known as Lotus Racing at the time.

Since it’s failed Formula 1 bid Stefan GP has been linked with a bailout for the failed US GP project, a saviour for the now bankrupt HRT team and recently as a possible partner to a couple of the current teams which are struggling financially.

NASCAR team owner Gene Haas has also indicated that he and his team are exploring an ‘all American’ team option for 2015.

The FIA announced in December that it is seeking applications by interested parties to join the F1 grid, with full applications to be submitted by 10 February with a decision due by the governing body on 28 February. (GP247)

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  • Snowman

    I hope Stefan GP get one of the spots as they have been bidding for it for a long time, and if they have toyota’s facilities they will presumably also have their wind tunnel.

    Kolles on the other hand is known for HRT and for attempted blackmail, hardly a prime candidate…

    as for Haas, I know nothing of him.

  • The Pessimist

    Colin Kolles…No,we’ve already got a shady character in the form of Mansoor Ijaz trying to enter Formula One by hook or crook and it would be a disaster if Colin Kolles returns to F1.

  • Mercedes supporter forever

    I hope Stefan GP will get the entry… Because they’ve been applying since 2010 & 2011…

  • Dj David k

    Me personally i am hoping that GENE HAAS gets the place. F1 needs an american team especially with the new track in Austin, TX…… CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS which all the drivers said they love the track and loved Austin, TX….PLUS U get TONY STEWART in some form or fassion and he has won everywhere and every kind of race car he has driven including open wheel.