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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JDPower - Unregistered

January 27, 2010 12:03 AM

It says a lot when the best thing they can come up with regarding his abilities is that he briefly led Lewis Hamilton in one kart race 10 years ago!!! :rolleyes:

Jim Eagan

January 27, 2010 4:14 AM

I would just like to point out that without the smaller teams, the Tifosi wouldn't have their new King Fernando. (His first team was Minardi, perennial backmarkers, for those that forget that little bit of history.)

I'm getting a little tired of the constant slagging of the US F1 team. I have seen NOTHING in the way of news (except driver announcements) from Campos, Lotus or Virgin. In fact (I think), the only thing we've seen out of the 'established' teams is a few press shots of the new Mercedes GP livery, and that was slapped on a 2009 car.

Anyway, my point is don't put all your bad eggs in one basket just yet. I just think that US F1 isn't going to be quite the bag of suckage you do.

Taz - Unregistered

January 27, 2010 9:47 AM

@richard

They haven't paid Dallara for the chassis development ?????

You'd think they could pay for the car development and engines :rolleyes:

Feck, they are really struggling if this is true.

Tommivo - Unregistered

January 27, 2010 10:21 AM

The above comment about Alonso is not true.
Alonso has always been a Renault driver since he started F1. In 2001 he raced at Minardi with a contract from Renault, and 2002 did full year testing at Renault!
Without the small teams, he would have done 1 more year of testing!

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

January 27, 2010 10:24 AM

My daughter (13) came up with a fantastic, very American, very artificial way of adding spice to 2010 races, based on something they do with cross-country races at her school.

Everyone qualifies as normal, then, at random, one of three things happens - grid stays as is, grid stays as is but all below top ten start half a lap later, or top ten become back ten and start half a lap later. Makes for some stunning cross-country scraps apparently. Of course the first time Ferrari qualified 11th and 12th and the Grid was reversed there would be all hell let loose....

LoveF1

January 27, 2010 4:06 PM

Pier, not playing devil's advocate or anything, but there are several different permutations to the idea. When do the second group of cars head off? When the leading car hits the halfway point of the lap, or when the 13th car does?

Or what happens if the back 13 head off and the safety car is immediately deployed because of a second corner or hairpin pile-up? Do the top 13 sit there on the grid with engines boiling until the safety car picks them up? And who leads the race at that point? The "leading cars" coming up behind them, or the first car of the back 13?

Finally, if there's a Renault or Merc in either group, what are the chances of serious 'driver confusion' at that stage of battle?

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