F1 » COMMENT: USF1 - The biggest failure in F1 history?

There have been many unsuccessful participants in F1 history - from AFM to AGS, Maki to MasterCard Lola and FIRST Racing to Fondmetal - but does USF1's shambolic attempt to make the grade top them all..?

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Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

June 25, 2010 1:31 PM


The Biggest Failure In F1 History belongs to none other than, wait for it, taran-tarah!!!


Who pumped £135m into F1Digital+, the pay-per-view F1 service, which was launched in 1996 and quietly canned in 2002 when he realised only three people had subscribed.

Well done Bernie, an award we Crash posters will for once be united in congratulating you on!


June 25, 2010 1:42 PM

USF1 luckily got canned before they wasted too much money, i would therefore like to nominate BMW, they bailed out on williams, and then left sauber on its knees, although if current results stay as they are, mercedes gp/michael schumacher could be strong contenders.

daniel - Unregistered

June 25, 2010 1:55 PM

USF1: Was it ever a team? In all the bull**** that came out of the Peter Windsor's mouth everything real was eluded to but never backed up with a car, let alone a team. Even the auction of goods didn't have anything like the equipment needed. Yet suddenly there was a finished tub! Never in the build up to disaster was it mentioned or shown! I believe it was a sting operation pure and simple. And simple Max must have been to allow USF1 to become one of the teams. USF1 have stated they didn't have time to produce the car. Yet Lotus produced a viable car and team in just 6 months, starting around 12 months after the anouncement of USF1 Hmmmmm Hope thats the last ever heard of USF1!!


June 25, 2010 2:29 PM

the biggest failure, in money terms, would have to be toyota. but the biggest scam seems to be usf1. windy walked away with millions, if reports are to be believed, whilst suppliers were sent to the wall!

Jimbo - Unregistered

June 25, 2010 3:17 PM

Add to the list the Haas Lola attempt with Alan Jones and Patrick Tambay. Did not do much with a huge budget. The Fittapaldi team in the 70's was flop as was the Embassy Hill and Surtees efforts. Actually whenever a driver runs a team it does not work! Prost, Jackie Oliver (Arrows)are other examples. Brabham and McLaren the exceptions.

fairlyoldguy - Unregistered

June 25, 2010 3:19 PM

All of you have forgotten the saddest F1 failure of them all- the Bugatti Type 251. The last gasp of the original Bugatti firm, this car, designed by Gioacchino Colombo of Ferrari V-12 fame, was mid-engined, powered by a transversely-mounted straight-eight. It appeared at the 1956 French GP, driven by Maurice Trintignant, and was woefully uncompetitive, and was never seen again.


June 25, 2010 3:20 PM

The biggest failure is F1 itself..It needed to add four teams and the positions were given to teams looking to run in F1 for cheap. The selling of the sport by Mad Max was the biggest failure.

Steve Rowe

June 25, 2010 3:22 PM

To compare USF1 with any of those mentioned in the article is an insult to AGS / Life and so on. All the other team mentioned actually produced or purchased a car, turned up and had a go.

USF1 did nothing, pruduced nothing and did not turn up.

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