F1 » USF1 seek 2011 F1 deferral, dash Stefan GP merger

Financially-troubled American newcomer USF1 has reportedly sought a year's deferment from the FIA to be able to make its F1 debut in 2011 - whilst scuppering a merger bid from Serbian rival and 2010 hopeful Stefan GP

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adrian - Unregistered

March 01, 2010 12:19 PM

if they can make (big if) it give them the defferal, so the FIA can have their tool to generate a bit of interest in the US, but let stefan in, they seem to be better prepared and have cars, a driver (soon to be 2 or 3 by the sounds of it) and equipment to be in bahrain

Huan - Unregistered

March 01, 2010 12:26 PM

Lopez, you get what you deserve. Many years cheating others, going to bankrupcy with your enterprise, changing names to avoid workers rights, playing with families hopes, and futures its nothing for you. You and your son deserves much more pain. nobody in motorsports in Argentina likes you and your son. You are the reason why we Argentinians are not welcomed worldwide. Felipe McGough is much more a cheater than you (ask John de la Penna), and is counting your money and laughing, same as Windsor.
"Pechito", try to race at TN, where real drivers win.

cef911f1 - Unregistered

March 01, 2010 12:40 PM

As a Yank, I hope this puts an end to this ongoing embarrassment. I hope that FIA gives the grid spot to Stefan GP since they have a car, drivers and a team. (I must say, however, I have never liked the thought of pay drivers. Seems to me that paying for a seat negates the idea of F1 being the pinnacle of motorsport. But that is just my opinion.)

I'm curious though how USF1 can offer up a seven figure surety bond yet have unpaid suppliers and employees. Seems like a few lawsuits may be on the horizon.

James - Unregistered

March 01, 2010 12:43 PM

Problem is, if the give USF1 a defferal to 2011 and let Stefan in this year, what happens next year? USF1 will have a guarrunteed place on the grid, so will that mean another team will be forced out? USF1 are a shambles in my opinion, trying to enter F1 with a race crew of just 2 is an absolute joke. They said a while ago they would test their car in mid February, and now they say their car won't be ready till May? Ridiculous! Doesn't matter how many years they deffer it, they will never be ready for F1. They should just cut their losses and do the honourable thing which is to just step aside and give their place to a team which looks like they are actually able to compete

Nev - Unregistered

March 01, 2010 12:59 PM

Personally I think the whole ridiculaous saga of USF1 and Stefan is depreciating the image of F1. The FIA should make a clear statement that neither team will be on the grid. I've had my vote on F1Debate and I hope they send a resounding message to the FIA.

Commodore S - Unregistered

March 01, 2010 1:01 PM

I gather Huan knows the Lopez family background.

As for the topic what a shambles.

Mark in another thread pertaining to Stefan made a logical solution whereby a deferral should be stamped on USF1/Stefan G.P/Campos until 2011. Thence a fresh selection process be put in place as this one obviously has not worked. This would allow the present parties within the picture to apply together with those that were declined during the past process such as prodrive/lola etc.

No doubt their are legal boundaries to be met which would negate this approach however despite this factor the FIA may have to barge through it in order to bring commonsense to the table.

Does Max know about his creation


March 01, 2010 1:05 PM

nev fully agree. i can see many obstacles to stefan being allowed on the grid this year, and surely if any place is to be made available, it should first be offered to the next team on the stand-by list (which is NOT stefan). i reckon that prodrive , ntech or lola could prep a car within three months.(alternatively, permit them to use a customer car) usf1 should be pushed to the back of the queue!

Taz - Unregistered

March 01, 2010 1:11 PM


That's fair, transparent and the correct path for the FIA to take.

This is F1 though and bernie and max are busy meddling and Todt is just keeping his mouth shut and saying nothing :rolleyes:

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