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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Commodore S - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 12:40 PM

Calvin I reckon rapport within this partnership fell apart sometime ago which attributed to their downfall.

Taz is the only one to mention Anderson as guilty.

Windsor was nominated as the mouthpiece for the partnership whilst Anderson took care of the day to day affairs.

I am not defending Windsor in any shape or form however through statements presented on sites each appears to lay the blame at Andersons feet including the manager of Lopez.

From these statements which may or may be not correct it appears Anderson may have been misleading Windsor as to the situation.

Windsor may have placed to much faith in Anderson and believed all he was told without taking (cont)

Commodore S - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 12:53 PM


a responsible stance and ensuring things he was told were correct.

As Windsor was the mouthpiece and media spokesperson he should have assured himself of the facts which is a display of irresponsibility.

Also as Windsor was the one to issue statements we immediately blame him where evidence may contradict this factor.

Despite all this they were in a partnership and had a duty of care to the venture.

It is now clear that Windsor wanted to distance himself from Anderson and has walked away with Anderson now doing all the talking..

It is pretty poor to see a situation such as this develop and lets hope it is a teaching tool and everyone learns from it

Powerline 2008 - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 12:54 PM

There's such a thing as due diligence in business. What due diligence did Max perform when he admitted USF1 into F1? One the basis that USF1 will use Cosworth engines & nothing more? Perhaps there should be an investigation into Max's handling of this matter to ensure that no one had his hands greased by any suppliers, be it Cosworth or Bridgestone.

Barrie Williams - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 1:08 PM

It's amazing how many times I've come across Americans who promise the world and deliver nothing - absolutely amazing. I've no doubt whatsoever that there are some really brilliant people in the US, just look at Microsoft and Apple as examples, but the country does have more than it's fair share of complete bullshitters.

that guy - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 1:12 PM

FOTA needs to collect about $25M in reserve in case a team folds and leaves everyone high and dry, mainly to cover employees for a year, before approving an F1 applicant. Some of it could also go towards the next best applicant whether Stefan or Prodrive who may be 'almost there', for emergency travel etc to be fast tracked and make it to the next GP. Teams need to deposit the $25M, then build cars with the 'remaining' funds. If you can't deal with this deposit amt, you probably don't belong in F1.

that guy - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 1:16 PM

To the US bashers and other lamers here, every country has had it's shares of disasters in history, both political and commercial, perhaps even bigger if you know your history at all. A convenient amnesia to land all negativity at the US's feet. Remember without the US, Europe would be only Gernamy, Russia and Japan - or did you forget this somehow?


March 03, 2010 1:45 PM

james. actually rather clever. first we have VIRGIN and now we have HRT. i wonder what the next team will be called. maybe , with usf1s request for a pause, it will be called MENO next year???

Commodore S - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 1:47 PM

@ that guy.

I am an Australian however that is beside the point.

I do not think any credible poster on this forum would resort to U.S Bashing as you frame it. To those that do,let it lay at their feet.

In fact if this project was up and running it would have only been of benefit to the U,S. As you say each nation has their fair share of commercial downfalls and it is unfortunate this one happened in the U.S under the control of an American together with a British Born partner who was raised in Aust before returning to his homeland.

Please do not tar all with your feathers

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