No F1 for Prodrive in 2012 – Richards

Mon, 17 January 2011, 10:01

Jan.17 (GMM) After this year ruling out a bid to launch a team in 2011, Prodrive chief David Richards has confirmed that the Oxfordshire based group will also not be in formula one next season.

Richards, the former Benetton and BAR boss, has made efforts to bring Prodrive into F1 in the past, but last year he said the marque is for now focused on rallying and sports car racing.

Indeed, Prodrive is re-entering the world rally championship in 2011 with Mini and BMW.

As for F1, he said at the Autosport International in Birmingham: “We always keep a close eye on everything, but my priority today is to get the Mini up and running and to get Aston Martin competitive in time for Le Mans.

“The obvious next point to look at formula one is 2013 with the massive change in regulations that come along at that point in time, and if you were to consider an entry that would be the time to go,” added Richards.

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