• 2011 season

Todt to visit F1 hopefuls Epsilon Euskadi

ESPNF1 Staff
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Epsilon Euskadi competed at Le Mans in 2008 © Getty Images
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Epsilon Euskadi could be set to take another step towards becoming F1's thirteenth and final team for the 2011 season.

The Spanish outfit applied for a position in March after the FIA re-opened the tendering process following US F1's drop out. The initial process ended on April 15, with interested teams to lodge full applications by the end of June followed by "due diligence leading to a decision in July".

It emerged on Monday that FIA president Jean Todt is set to travel to Spain on Tuesday for a meeting with the Spanish sports minister Jaime Lissavetsky and the head of Spain's motor racing federation Carlos Gracia. A press conference is then scheduled for the afternoon.

Spain's El Pais newspaper reports that Todt will visit Epsilon Euskadi's Azkoitia headquarters in view of the team making its Formula One debut in 2011. Epsilon Euskadi, involved in junior single seater categories as well as Le Mans with a prototype car, applied to make its F1 debut this year but was beaten to the places by US F1, HRT, Lotus, Virgin and Sauber.

Its boss is Joan Villadelprat, who has previously worked in F1 with McLaren, Ferrari, Benetton, Tyrrell and Prost.