Aspiring Formula One team Stefan GP have had to cancel a test scheduled to take place in Portugal this week due to a lack of tyres.
The Serbian-backed team is still trying to secure an official entry into the world championship – however, Bridgestone, the official tyres supplier, are only contracted to supply tyres to teams who have a place on the grid.
Team owner Zoran Stefanovic said: “We cannot do the test at the moment and we are still trying to find a solution.
“We have no tyres and will not test on tyres that are not suitable for the car to go testing at full speed.
“We now need to see what our options are, but we definitely need to do something to sort this situation out.”
The team, which were scheduled to run their car at the Portimao circuit this week, have taken over the 2010 car design of Toyota – rechristened the Stefan S-01 – in the wake of the Japanese manufacturer’s decision to withdraw from the sport at the end of last season.
Stefan GP will almost certainly not be able to get hold of F1-spec tyres unless it gets an entry to the 2010 championship – something it has been pushing for for several months.
Fears are mounting about the future of Team US F1, which has asked to miss the first races of the season, and Stefanovic admits that he is still no nearer understanding where they stand.
“We are expecting that the situation will be clarified soon,” he said. “Everybody knows that some teams are facing certain problems, and we are looking to clarify this situation.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team