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USF1 to reveal more live on US TV.

The much talked about USF1 operation is set to make its first major announcement before February is out, according to one of the two men instrumental in the programme.

Using his established links with SpeedTV, where he is a regular F1 reporter and analyst, former Williams team manager Peter Windsor confirmed that the team he is setting up with renowned engineer Ken Anderson expects to reveal more about the project live on air 'potentially on 24 February'.

Initially treated as something of an early April Fools' prank, the USF1 story has gradually gathered speed and, while its two co-principals have proven elusive when it comes to extracting greater detail about the programme, titbits of information have been slowly been put together to suggest that, sponsorship permitting, it could be on the grid, as planned, in 2010.

Speaking to his employer, Windsor revealed that the idea for the team had been in the pipeline for some time, with himself and Anderson working 'behind the scenes' to get the foundations in place, leading to the current situation where a formal announcement - something that ought to cement USF1's credibility in the eyes of potential sponsors - should be aired in the coming days.

“Ken and I have been looking at the possibility of designing and building an F1 car in the USA for the past four years,” Windsor claimed, “so I guess the real surprise is that we were able to keep it quiet for so long. The news broke this week, but the real announcement is going to be live on SpeedTV, potentially on 24 February.”

Although the local media this week confirmed that the team would be based in Charlotte, North Carolina, it is expected that it will also seek out a European base from which to conduct the bulk of its race operations, given the shape of the calendar, which no longer features events at Indianapolis or Montreal.

According to Spanish newspaper Diario Sport USF1 - which Anderson insists will use American driving talent - could establish a satellite base in Spain, most likely close to one of the country's established testing venues, although possibly alongside the established Epsilon Euskadi team in the north. Epsilon Euskadi has active programmes in both the Le Mans Series and World Series by Renault and has a wind tunnel that meets FIA standards and would complement the Windshear facility that is expected to provide the bulk of the development data as the team's cars are designed and built in America..

"It's all true," admitted former Benetton F1 team manager Joan Villadelprat, now sharing responsibility at Epsilon Euskadi with erstwhile F1 designer Sergio Rinland, "but right now there is nothing definite, only conversations. First, we have to see what happens with the team. They thought they must have a base in Europe and they considered that Spain, where teams test for most of the winter, would be the ideal place."

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Don - Unregistered

February 13, 2009 2:43 PM

Robsy I would have to disagree with your "agricultural" statement. US racing series have always tried to control costs (something that F1 is finally learning to do) and keep racing competitive. Generally in F1, the driver that wins the championship is entirely dependent on the best car and the team that spends the most money (put Force India drivers in McLaren's last year the outcome would be ?). The United States have always been a leader in all aspects of technology. Whether it is the computer you are browsing with, the iPod you listen to music with, NASA space technology, etc... They certainly have the engineering prowess and technology to compete in any field desired, including F1.

rob - Unregistered

February 13, 2009 4:09 PM

I'll pass that info on to Windsor. I'm sure he has not thought to remember that the center of the universe is in the UK. Let's wait and see instead of being a doomsayer. If they hit the grid next year I would not care if the car was built in Siberia.

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