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Subject: 2006 Super GT season, Prodrive, Jean Alesi, Nobuteru Taniguchi, 2008 Formula One season
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Direxiv was a company with motorsport links to the GP2 Series, a series which is closely linked to Formula One and future drivers in F1 are likely to have raced in GP2. Direxiv had submitted an entry to run a Formula 1 team in 2008 onwards, although they faced tough competition from other companies as Carlin Motorsport, Eddie Jordan, Paul Stoddart and current GP2 team Racing Engineering. Direxiv lost out on the chance to gain entry to the 2008 season when the FIA chose to give the entries to the current 11 teams and David Richards' Prodrive taking the final spot.

The team was also involved in Super GT and Formula Nippon, and sponsor McLaren in F1 as well as former McLaren and former WilliamsF1 driver Alexander Wurz.

Direxiv were linked with creating a "McLaren B Team" which, in could have given the then-GP2 racer Lewis Hamilton (who has now been promoted to the McLaren team itself) and possibly either Pedro de la Rosa or Gary Paffett a race drive in F1. Former F1 driver Jean Alesi was also working with the Direxiv squad in their attempts. However, after the 2006 French GP, Dave Richards who had his entry to the 2008 F1 season accepted, announced that he was looking to bring his Prodrive team into F1 as the McLaren B Team. This brought an end to the dream of a Direxiv McLaren B Team, but due to a change in FIA rules, it seems that the Prodrive Mclaren B team will now not happen. Therefore even if the Direxiv entry had been accepted, and Direxiv were to still exist, their F1 dream would not have materialised.

In August 2006, Direxiv announced that they will pull out of the Super GT due to the loss of their primary backer, Akiyama Holdings. The Suzuka 1000km was their last race in the series.


Direxiv had their logo on several cars in the 2006 GP2 field, including:

British Formula 3

Direxiv partners competitors for the 2008 F1 grid spot, Carlin Motorsport, in the British F3 International Series and is the title sponsor for German driver Maro Engel.

External links

  • Direxiv Motorsport

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