F1 » Richards: USF1, Campos mess no surprise

David Richards says he is not shocked by the current predicament facing F1 2010 newcomers USF1 and Campos.

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Taz - Unregistered

February 19, 2010 2:58 PM

Biggest joke ever Campos and USF1 got a slot before these guys.

Their pull-out when they couldn't use the McLaren customer car has never been forgiven.

Calvin _

February 19, 2010 3:36 PM
Last Edited 2181 days ago

Notwithstanding the fact that Stefan have a car almost ready, I think that Prodrive or Lola should get any available slots first, even if it means there won't be a team in the slot for 2010.

With Prodrive or Lola, we have teams with a history, whereas with Stefan, who knows how long they'll be there.

It is high time that the FIA acted for the long term good of the sport rather than short term political gains.


February 19, 2010 5:57 PM

calvin, from the off, usf1 certainly inspired no confidence. FIVE years in planning! who believed that! windy is great for all talk and no action!well known for it. campos was also iffy. and i agree about stefan, there is something fishy about their actions, and i cand believe that the serb people are happy with their taxes going to make a few people rich. prodrive, ntech and lola are on the list highr=er than stefan, and stefan had NOT entered before the deadline, so i could see them, or fia, being sued by the other teams, if they were given a free entry!

CarCrazed - Unregistered

February 19, 2010 6:43 PM

Well, I think Campos had a strong card with the Dallara partnership (they even completed the car before any other newcomer). However, it was surprising when the FIA chose them instead of Epsilon Euskadi (having their own good infrastructure to build upon) if they wanted a spanish team.

Which leads me to my next point, the only reason USF1 got a slot was because they saw the need to get the american market, a sort of trojan horse if you will. Campos did because it was the other best option outside the UK. It wasn't only the FIA-FOTA conflict, it also was about making F1 “more international”


February 19, 2010 11:42 PM

He along with most other people must now realize where peter windsor and ken anderson come from. they both have more experience in F1 than this guy, as far as i know. Windsor worked for Ferrari and Williams, thats enough for me as it is

JOHN - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 1:18 AM

I have the greatest of respect for this man (David Richards) but I am baffled at the back of my mind about and by him. When Honda left F1, Ross Brawn-Brawn GP (now Mercedes) took his chance. D Richards fumbled over Honda and left what was a great opportunity for him on the table. He seems to be too meticulous and careful. I am equally baffled why FIA would leave him out if he said last year he had a package to compete. Now he is having a go at those who are finding it hard to get on the grid - no easy thing to do but F1 NEEDS these kind of people. I am disappointed by D Richards. :rolleyes: :?

NobHOb - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 7:00 AM

daytona81- do some basic research before you open your mouth, fool. Like Richards' involvement in Benneton, BAR and Honda, and what Prodrive has achieved in over 20 years. It's not hard to find out.

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