For the 2010 Formula One season, the FIA allowed three new entrants to join the grid. With the addition of Lotus, Virgin and Hispania Racing (HRT), the number of constructors expanded to 12, the first time since 1995 that more than 11 teams participated in a season.
At the time, Virgin boss Richard Branson bragged that, “This will be the lowest-budget team in Formula One. Money’s not everything,” according to The Guardian.
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