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Summerton 'very, very good', claims Windsor.

One of the elements of USF1's planned 'announcement' that is certain to attract attention is the nomination, if any, of drivers for the programme.

While naming names for a team yet to turn a wheel, and unlikely to do so in anger for another year, is, in itself, a bit ambitious, co-principal Ken Anderson's desire to use American talent has caused ripples in a world where the USA's recent involvement has been next to nothing.

The last two Americans to make it to the top of the international ladder, Michael Andretti and Scott Speed, both failed to see out their term and, while there is clearly talent on the other side of the Atlantic, the European-based teams tend to focus more readily on those displaying it under their noses.

Since Anderson's proclamation that the USF1 project intended to use US drivers, a number of names - both high and low profile - have been thrown into the mix, ranging from media darling Danica Patrick to Euro-domiciled Charlie Kimball, but one driver has clearly struck a chord with Anderson's co-founder, Peter Windsor, and is increasingly being connected to a role with the nascent team.

"One obvious thing that came out of [America's involvement in A1GP] was Jonathan Summerton, who is very, very good," Windsor told Crash.net, "To win at Shanghai, as he did, was very impressive.

"We know that he's up there with the Adam Carrolls of this world - and Adam is extremely quick and should be in F1. We also know that Jonathan is a Sebastien Buemi-paced driver because he was Buemi's team-mate in German F3, so he's a guy that's obviously got a massive amount of potential - but it shows how Americans are at the moment that, in one magazine, he's not even in the top twelve American drivers, and behind some drag racers and hot rod racers.

"But, to my mind, if you've won an international event like Shanghai A1GP, you've got to be very, very good - and Jonathan Summerton is very good."

Windsor, like Anderson before him, would not be drawn on the identity of any potential candidate for a seat at USF1, insisting that there was a lot of potential on offer.

"It's not a question of 'relying' on US talent, it's a question of grooming US talent and bringing it in to F1," he maintained, "Again, it's proving, like everything else, that there are American products out there that are capable of competing with the best in the world.



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