The Romanian Forza Rossa project is understood to have been given an entry for Formula 1. The FIA decided not to decide back in April, but with the Haas project having been delayed until 2016 it seems that the federation has now agreed to allow Forza Rossa to have a try. It is expected that the project will use Ferrari engines, as the project is led by Ferrari dealer Ion Bazac. The Romanian project has a lot more elements in place than Haas did, which begs the question as to why the FIA decided to favour Haas at the start. This will mean that Haas’s programme is unlikely to be with Ferrari because there are rules restricting engine supplies. However the rules (as usual) are negotiable as they state that “a major car manufacturer may not directly or indirectly supply engines for more than three teams of two cars each without the consent of the FIA”. Thus the FIA could (in theory) agree to let Ferrari supply five teams (Ferrari, Sauber, Marussia, Haas and Forza Rossa, but this would likely cause upset. It is unlikely that Bazac would use another engine supply. He and his wife Camelia are the official Ferrari dealers for the country and have been since 2008. Camelia took over a Maserati franchise as early as 2002.
Forza Rossa has Colin Kolles’s team in Greding as a starting point, with manufacturing likely to be done by Holzer in Germany, aerodynamics by British consulting firm and design by a group of engineers who have worked together in the past on the HRT programme.
The main issue is the money but Bazac is said to have a consortium of private and state-funded backers.