F1 » 'USF1 is dead...and it won't come back'

The end of the road has officially been reached for USF1, it appears - with a senior employee confirming that all staff have been put on indefinite leave, and concluding that the financially-beleaguered American hope 'is dead...and it won't come back'

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Peter Fan - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 11:12 AM

Typical kneejerk reaction form the crash messageboard community.

Peter Windsor is one of the smartest men on earth - a near deity in fact. He'll be back and you can be he'll win the constructors championship within 2 years. USF1 FTMFW!!!!


March 03, 2010 11:35 AM

this shambles is all down to max and the fia,s
selection process they should have monitored
these new teams more closely to ensure that they had the proper funding in place.
It also points to lack of interest in F1 in america
as no other sponsers have come forward.

piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 11:38 AM

I'm not necessarily sticking up for FIA or Bernie, but in carrying out 'due diligence' on something like this, there HAS to be a certain amount of good faith in believing that future funding through sponsorship will be obtained. Assuming the DD was genuine, Anderson and Windsor must have put a credible plan together for the generation of funds through sponsorship, and any failing in this regard is theirs, not BE or FIA.

fish fingers - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 11:47 AM

The problem in these situations is the rich walk off into the sunset and lick any wounds they might have but the poor employees risk losing their homes etc. Surely the FIA would have known what was going on?? Didnt they insist on a timeline like any other project in any other design industry?? This is one time when I'll say Max and Fia have a lot to answer for

Calvin _

March 03, 2010 11:57 AM

Richard, I totally agree. But what the FIA must do now is think of the future of the sport and not just a knee jerk reaction. USF1 should not have their entry delayed until 2011. If they couldn't get the job done with this much time, there's no way they're gonna do it with less. Stefan GP shouldn't be given the slot as that would be jumping the queue. Just because they have a car, doesn't make it right. The FIA should withdraw the slot for 2010 and immediately notify the next team on the original list that they have a place in 2011, if they want it, and work from there. There are already 3 new teams for 2010 and that's enough. Four would have been nice, but there it is.

. Lucifer

March 03, 2010 11:58 AM

If this is in fact true, well I feel sorry for the employees and the fans.
I was looking forward to see how the yank venture would turn out.

Surely Stefan GP should not be allowed on the grid untill the cars have had a few test days to sort out any problems.
As we have seen in the last tests, even established teams are having their cars breaking components.

This is not the first team/business to go under despite the good intentions of the people involved.

And as for this comment from Peter who? ...."Trust the good old USA for another F*** UP,"

Is Donnington Park in the USA??

fish fingers - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 12:00 PM

The other thing, Lopez.. his sponsorship deals were put together by Carlos Reutermann, now a politician in Argentina- where did the funds come from/who was backing Lopez's drive?

Calvin _

March 03, 2010 12:01 PM
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piercarlo, do we have any evidence that a due diligence was carried out on any of the new teams? MM was so intent on his Cosworth only formula that I think he didn't even go there.

What I find disappointing is that the top men didn't even feel the need to break the news to the remaining staff. Something that I think they were duty bound to do. I won't be reading Windsor's columns in F1 Racing with the same viewpoint again.

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