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Old 7 Dec 2003, 16:21 (Ref:806088)   #1
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2004 FIA F3000 teams & drivers?

I read in this week's Autosport the following:
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The future of the F3000 International Championship has been secured following the confirmation that the 10 teams listed in Autosport last week have signed up to race in the series next year. Motorsport governing body the FIA set a deadline of December 1 for at least 18 cars to be promised for the series to go ahead next season.
As I didn't get the previous week's issue, I don't know who they mentioned! Also, I can't find info on this anywhere on the 'net. Can anyone give me a list of the 10 teams and any drivers they have confirmed? Do they include the following, and if so who are the other three teams? Are Red Bull out of the series?

Arden
Townsend Bell/Vitantonio Liuzzi

Coloni
Enrico Toccacelo/Rob Nguyen

Super Nova
Olivier Pla/Sam Hancock

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Tony Schmidt/Toshihiro Kaneishi

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Yannick Schroeder/Rodrigo Ribeiro

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Old 7 Dec 2003, 17:08 (Ref:806101)   #2
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As far as I'm aware the following teams must have signed up:

Arden International
Team Astromega
BCN F3000
Coloni Motorsport
"Coloni 2" [former Red Bull Jr team]
Durango
Ma-Con Engineering
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Victory Engineering [FRV6 team bought ISR-Charouz cars, which are now being prepared by Durango; team has been named in testing as "Charouz Durango" and "Durango 2" and seems to have some affiliation with Charouz].

As for confirmed drivers, I'm only sure of Townsend Bell at Arden (under contract for 2004) and Olivier Pla at Super Nova.

Hope this helps, I'm still confused exactly what's going on with Victory/Charouz Durango.

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Old 7 Dec 2003, 17:26 (Ref:806107)   #3
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Where will Red Bull's sponsorship go next year?
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Old 7 Dec 2003, 19:08 (Ref:806139)   #4
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I think they will just sponsor individual drivers (Liuzzi) like in F3 and World Series.
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Old 7 Dec 2003, 20:42 (Ref:806172)   #5
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Looks like a good entry list - hopefully all the teams will have the neccarcy budgets to contest the whole season.
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Old 7 Dec 2003, 21:16 (Ref:806196)   #6
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I doubt that they will be financially secure, considering the events of recent seasons. At least half the teams will be dependant on new drivers coming along with part-season budgets by the end of the season, and Coloni and Durango may especially struggle to run 4 cars.

Hopefully some capable guys with funding will be found to fill the grid - a repeat of 2003's farcical constant changeovers could be the category's death knell.
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Old 7 Dec 2003, 21:58 (Ref:806215)   #7
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Durango I can see having problems running 4 cars, Coloni I dont see so many issues. They are a bigger and better team and are more on drivers wish lists than Durango. U are right though, next season's F3000 needs to go smoothly, hopefully paving the way for a resurgance in 2005 when Formula 2 is back.
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Old 8 Dec 2003, 13:17 (Ref:806618)   #9
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Dany Incidently, what will u do when F3000 is re-named Formula 2? Will www.f3000.com still be f3000.com? Or might the website address change?
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Hi Saleen S7R, long time no talk.

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Old 9 Dec 2003, 09:03 (Ref:807289)   #11
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nice, thanks Dany.
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Great news Dany!
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As far as I know Raffaele Gianmaria is on 2 years deal with Durango and also I recall he said in an interview after the season finale in Monza that he stays in the category and hope to convert this experience into better results next season.Actually he was one of the most pleasant surprises of the F3000 season for me! We saw a couple of awesome overtaking maneuvres from him and he always made the most out of his relatively low qualifiyng positions in the races! He is really a good, entertaining racer to watch,if he can improve his qualifiyng pace then he can have a strong season in 2004 and mix with the front-runners regularly
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What's the story with this Sam Hancock character? Does it look like he's up to take on bigger things(F1 for example) for the future?

You keeping alright Saleen?
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