F1 » 'Appropriate action' threat to USF1

The beleaguered USF1 team could be hit with FIA sanctions after failing to make the start of the 2010 F1 season.

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March 12, 2010 11:10 AM

fining usf1 appears harsh, but there is a certain amount of logic to it. if a contract is broken and no penalty imposed, then it leaves the way open for copy cats. maybe a sizable fine, but to be refunded if certain criteria is met and with a car capable of being raceworthy, is shown.

cardinal, if powerline keeps his fantasies to himself, thats called self flagellation!

vince - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 12:36 PM

the unlikley was sure to happen,get the us f1 fans all hyped up over a fresh f1 season,with ((finaly)) our own team in the greatest motosport ever! and then drop us on our heads. thats ok were used to it,were american

Alan D - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 1:07 PM

Richard: fining usf1 appears harsh, but there is a certain amount of logic to it

No there isn't any logic to it. The FIA can say it has imposed a fine but it has no legal right to enforce it. The worst the FIA can do to a team refusing to pay a fine is exclude that team from its series, and even then it would have to be on pretty solid legal ground. It might be able to take a civil action against USF1 for breach of contract, but even if it wins judgement in the USA it will have to join the line of creditors. Maybe it can refuse to allow Peter Windsor to manage a team again in F1 under its new rules, but other actions against PW? Unlikely.

rob h - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 1:57 PM

some of you people make me laugh it is not fia fault or anybody elses except usf1 they have taken the place of a team that might have done something every other new team got their cars ready. they signed a contract to be on the grid in bahrain usf1 screwed up huge and they should not be allowed to reapply for 2011


March 12, 2010 2:02 PM

alan. usf1 signed the concorde agreement, and i would imagine that here are penalties written into that. ok, the fia has been proved to have no right to enforce its own rules, but even if a fine cannot be collected, the imposition of such a fine would be a hold that fia would have over usf1, to prevent them reapplying unless they met all the conditions. i DID say that it could be made "refundable" (read, balanced out) in event of all going well

RW - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 2:14 PM

It typical of the FIA (Max's legacy living on?) to impose punishment arbitrally. Unless in official communications to the FIA, USF1 mislead them as to their funding, I don't see the point in punishing them for things that were out of their control. If every F1 team lost a major investor 2 weeks before the start of the season, you'd have half the grid missing. Does Bernie feel any satisfaction that his self fulfilling prophecy came true? If Bernie/FIA really wanted all the teams to show up, why all the public criticisms? What funding did he steer away either directly or as a result of his comments? Sad to see vultures gloating and picking away at this, especially Gov. subsidised teams.


March 12, 2010 3:46 PM

A punishment for USFU is most appropriate. I forsee a session in Spanker's Dungeon with Ken and Windy strapped tush-up to a table. Le Grande Spanker enters, whip in hand, and observes "you haf been very bad boyz...I zink you need some of ze punishment." What follows is almost unbearable to observe as the two miscreants are forced to watch endless videos of Windy's bullmerde USF1 pronouncements. :D

DW - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 5:51 PM

@ Richard

If it was a clause in the Concorde Agreement, it would be up to Bernie to pursue, not the FIA.

Besides, USF1 were the first team to pay up their F1 entry for 2010 in full (& I think that was a few mil), so Todt & co have already got 'money for nothing' from the team.
Once they've looked into how the selection process ended up in this mess, they should cut their losses & look towards finding a quality team to join F1 in 2011.

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