Scorpion Racing bid 'too late' for 2013
30 January 2013 – Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has played down the chances of a new HRT takeover bid gaining an entry for 2013 campaign, with the 82-year-old stating that the plans have come too long after the registration cut-off point to be viable.
It has emerged that a group of American and Canadian investors are attempting to acquire the cars and equipment used by the defunct HRT outfit in 2012, before entering the sport under the name of Scorpion Racing. However, Ecclestone says the proposed team is better off delaying its Formula 1 birth until the 2014 campaign.
"I've spoken to them (Scorpion Racing) and told them to get in touch with the FIA and ask for an entry," Ecclestone told to the Press Association. "They want to buy all the bits from HRT, then form a company and ask for an entry, but I personally don't think it will happen. It's all a bit too late. Maybe they could do it for next year."
According to Autosport, Scorpion Racing is evaluating a Silverstone base, instead of taking over the former HRT premises at the Caja Magica in the city of Madrid.