F1 » Windsor 'thrilled' as USF1 officially confirms first driver


American F1 2010 newcomer USF1 has finally confirmed the identity of its first driver barely seven weeks away from the start of its maiden campaign in the top flight - with a little help from the Argentine government...

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Froggy - Unregistered

January 26, 2010 11:12 AM

Finally! i dont really recognize Lopez that much, he didnt seem to be a stand out in GP2 or F3000 so its hard to judge how good or what kind of driver he is, i hope he does well, but i fear he may have joined the wrong team

Dutch69Camaro - Unregistered

January 26, 2010 11:22 AM

@Froggy - which team should he have joined then? This is his big chance to show his worth to the top teams. Shure he paid a lot to race, but it is his chance for global stardom. I hope it will pay off for him. Good luck Jose!

JJJ

January 26, 2010 11:26 AM

I heard USF1 is developing its own gearbox instead of just buying one like the other new teams are doing.

Seems like an unnecessary risk to me and a really obvious one at that.

I hope the team makes the grid though...After all this talk it would be kind of disappointing if less than, say, 24 cars, make the grid (I think Campos has the biggest chance of falling out though, even moreso than USF1).

Jumper289 - Unregistered

January 26, 2010 11:43 AM

Yeah Peter I'm sure lopez was your long term goal to sign as a driver,especially since you found out he comes with a nice fat cheque!!! not that you need the money of course

Holmatro Safety Team - Unregistered

January 26, 2010 11:46 AM

Before the usual haters and degraders start to post, I would just like to say that Jose in fact has a better GP2 main series record than Kobayashi, and everybody seems to believe that KK can walk on water and is the next best thing to scliced bread right now.

I wish USF1 and Jose the best of luck, and I hope that they'll be able to spring a (pleasant) surprise or two.

Regards.

markyb - Unregistered

January 26, 2010 11:49 AM

I'm pretty sure auctioning off your seats is about the worst way to ensure success for a new team in f1... whats this guy gonna say about development?? hes 3 years out of date (which is forever is f1) - they need an experienced driver quick or they're in trouble...

Froggy - Unregistered

January 26, 2010 12:08 PM

he did have links to renault, i know their situation isnt great, but USF1's doesnt sound any better. i dont know, ive just got one of those feelings that USF1 are gonna be at the back of the grid

DC - Unregistered

January 26, 2010 12:49 PM

This is shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons F1 has seen for a long time, so consequently I think that when Merc, Maclaren, Ferrari and Red Bull are pushing the envelope at the sharp end, quite a few of these new teams (if they even make it to the grid) are going to fall foul of the 107% qualifying time rule several times this year. That is unless the Mosely/Cosworth engine turns out to have at least 80bhp over its engine freeze rivals. :?

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