FIA would Welcome New Team

Motor racing's governing body have said they would be delighted to welcome an 11th team to Formula One next season, after Honda revealed they were in talks to supply the mystery outfit with engines

FIA would Welcome New Team

The revelation that an 11th team are considering entering F1 was made in Japan on Tuesday when Takuma Sato said that he had been offered a drive with them for 2006 - and that Honda were in negotiations with them as well.

Honda's operating officer Hiroshi Oshima said: "Nothing has been decided yet as far as drivers or engines go. But (Formula One supremo) Bernie Ecclestone has given the team his blessing and we are looking into the possibility of supplying their engines."

Although details of the team have not been revealed, it is believed to be an outfit that is completely new to F1.

That means the team will need to lodge a $48 million deposit with the FIA to guarantee their entry for next year.

A spokesman for the FIA said the there would be no objections to the outfit making an entry.

"A new team next year would be very welcome in the FIA Formula One World Championship," said the spokesman.

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