Bernie Ecclestone says that Scorpion Racing will not feature on the 2013 grid despite a late attempt by the team to register.
A group of investors from North America are believed to have purchased the HRT team - who were liquidated last year - and are attempting to ready it for the upcoming campaign.
However, while the new outfit is in the process of completing due diligence, they have missed the FIA's November entry deadline by some margin and Ecclestone believes that the motorsport body will not allow for such a late entry.
"I've spoken to them and told them to get in touch with the FIA and ask for an entry," said the Briton.
"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."
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