On the general topic of new F1 teams. . . A new F1.
Even (most) of us who love F1 will admit that its organization, actions, decisions, rules, economics and more often seem to alternate between Machiavellian and moronic.
In short, it is ripe for a competitor operated like a business rather than a Medieval Italian city state.
Enter IndyCar (please bear with this general term). The George empire is intelligent, strategic-thinking, and run like a business. So are MANY of the members of the IndyCar field. I think Roger Penske could "out-business" most if not all F1 owners. There are lots of VERY successful, very smart, very driven men in IndyCar (Menard, the Andrettis, Ganassi and more). Yes, there are equally astute and driven men in F1, but they are constantly wrapped in the throes of petty politics, arcane rules, protests, scandals, etc. The same, but LESS so in IndyCar.
IndyCar wants to go international. They are - in comparison to F1 - more energetic, more able to move quickly. They have a good stable of drivers from around the world. They even have viable female drivers. They have a bit of glamor. They have PLENTY of sponsorship able to support teams at the budget level that can bring success.
Assume first that IndyCar established itself for the next couple years. Now fast forward to 2010 . . .
WHAT IF George and company offer their product to promoters around the world. They could make a convincing case that they offer 60-80% of the F1 product at (say) 30-50% of the cost. Races could be held at "inferior" courses now judged not to have the palatial facilities demanded by Mosleystone like Brands Hatch. Constantly struggling courses (Silverstone, Hockenheim, and many more) MIGHT be happy to run ferocious open wheelers with international drivers accessible to the public -- all for a fraction currently demanded by the F1 circus. And LOTS of rather good North and South American tracks would be good candidate for this "new" F1.
So, while F1 turns its greedy eyes to Turkey, Qatar, India, China, and Abu Dahbi, and Berzerkistan, IndyCar can fill the vacuum they leave behind in Europe and North and South America.
Lots of blue sky in the preceding paragraphs, but lord knows we need some.
Typed quickly and furtively at work. I trust there are plenty out there who can flesh this out.
Enzo Ferrari was a great man. But he was not a good man. -- Phil Hill