F1 » Anderson: USF1 has asked to miss first four races

USF1 co-founder and team principal Ken Anderson finally breaks the financially-troubled F1 2010 newcomer's silence - by admitting that the team has approached the FIA to be allowed to miss the first four grands prix of the forthcoming campaign

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Commodore S - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 1:49 PM

What Richard together with Calvin say makes basic commonsense in my view.

Let us hope the on track performances which we are looking forward to is not overshadowed by politics once again

Alan D - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 4:59 PM

Richard: stefan should just wait in the "queue" for any possible vacancy.

I would agree except I don't see any queue forming at the moment. Whilst I think Prodrive should be top of the list, I don't think they could be ready for F1 at this late stage. It looks like Stefan is the only team with a possible entry.

If USF1 doesn't make the grid, what do you want to happen? Should the season run with 12 teams or should a replacement be found?

Fully accept what you say about Stefan that the car also has to be legal etc, but I'd still like to see them (or any other reserve team) getting the chance to test alongside the big boys to see if they are up to it.

mrstylz - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 5:36 PM

This obviously isn't shocking news, but disappointing that it comes down to a money issue. From an American standpoint, it's ludicrous for the government to support a racing team. I would be on the first boat out if that happened.

However, after visiting the factory and seeing the man-power and equipment they've been using and the progress they were at in early January, it is a surprise to see they haven't tested yet. Perhaps they quite literally ran out of capital and quit production.

BTW, the team wasn't officially a "team" until the agreement was signed - NOT when they announced to become part of the lot of new teams. So they had no more or less time to prepare than the other teams.


February 22, 2010 6:11 PM

alan. what i meant to imply was this. there were a number of teams wanting to enter this year. four were chosen, and the others were put on a list, in a particular order. stefan are not top of the list, so if a vacancy becomes available, whenever, it is totally logical thet the next on the list should be offered the vacancy. i believe that the list is---prodrive, lola, ntech.... stefan should not be allowed to jump the queue, just because they bought or were given the toyota outfit. prodrive etc all stopped working as there was no chance for this year. it seemed pointless to spend a lot of money, hoping that someone would pull out.


February 22, 2010 6:21 PM

StefanGP lodged a complaint with the European Union claiming the FIA forced the potential new teams for 2010 to use engines supplied by Cosworth. Do you think FIA is going to be jumping at the chance to sign them up?


February 22, 2010 7:21 PM

Stefanovic is very unlikely to be granted any F1 entry, even if teams drop out, as he has not been through the necessary procedures and the FIA cannot afford to bend the rules for him as that would create a precedent which would not be a good idea.

If an entry is not forthcoming, Stefanovic says that he will run the team anyway and use the cars to prepare for an entry in the future, while also providing other teams and young drivers with the chance to test a full-spec F1 car which is not covered by the testing ban. Thus, if Ferrari needs to test a new driver , as happened last summer Stefan GP will be available for rent. Similarly wealthy drivers can get mileage in the car, if they pay.

BanPeterWindsorFromF1 - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 10:46 PM

Everything Peter Windbag has said has turned out to be total BS.

USA drivers=BS
USf1 will make the grid=BS

Peter Windsor should be banned from commentating F1.

USF1 should be booted and all moneys paid to the FIA kept.

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