The FIA will re-open the selection process for a potential 13th team to join the sport in 2011, Formula 1's ruling body said on Thursday.
The FIA made its decision after US F1, which had the 13th slot for the 2010 season, failed to be ready to compete in this year's championship. The Charlotte-based team had requested that the FIA delayed its entry for next year. However, the FIA has decided to re-open the selection process for the final slot, meaning there is likely to be a significant number of candidates hoping to race next season.
US F1 would be free to apply again, but will apparently have no guarantee of an entry, as it had hoped. Lola, Epsilon Euskadi, Prodrive and N.Technology were among the teams to have applied for an entry for this year.
The FIA also confirmed that rookie Karun Chandhok had been granted his superlicense to competed with the HRT team at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.