It should be the sensation of the year - after the Opel ADAM Rallye Cup and the Opel Astra GTC Cup as part of the VLN, the GM Group will let its German brand Opel enter Formula 1!
OPEL enters 2014 in the FORMULA 1!
As leaked in the last few days from a reliable source, General Motors will compete with 2014 with the brand Opel in the formula 1. Currently, not all possible starting positions are occupied by existing teams and the change in the 2014 engine regulations allows a fair start in the development of the entire technology package.
From 2014 1.6 liter V6 turbo engines with a speed limit of 15.000 revolutions per minute will be used in Formula 1. General Motors seems convinced that with the involvement of the “Opel brand” in Formula 1, it can thoroughly polish up the brand's entire image. Of course, there has so far been no confirmation of the connection between plant closings and the associated savings measures and the F1 entry. But now all of this makes sense, of course. A Formula 1 entry is not cheap, it is expected to cost more than 350 million euros annually.
However, it already seems certain that we will soon have the name Schumacher back in the Formula 1. Considering this entry of GM with the brand Opel in the formula 1, then both the withdrawal of Ralf Schumacher from the DTM, as well as the farewell to Norbert Haug from Mercedes easier to understand. An F1 team is not stamped out of the ground overnight and even if the F1 project at GM is top secret - it already seems clear that Norbert Haug will lead the team and Ralf Schumacher is set as the driver for the first cockpit. However, rumors about a Schumacher double top from Michael and Ralf Schumacher do not seem to be true.
More likely is the award the second cockpit to an American, as a concession to the parent company General Motors. However, the use of Timo Glock still seems possible.
As a team principal is currently Skip Barber traded - which makes sense, because Skip can look back on a lot of experience in Formula 1.
Disagreement currently seems to dominate the final team name and colors of the team, while the classic Opel Motorsport colors are considered set, there seems to be problems with the main sponsor, the Deutsche Bahn. As their colors would not fit this.
I am very curious to see how this development is received by the German motorsport fans and I look forward to the next news on this topic!
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