Peter Windsor, co-principal of the nascent USF1 operation that has been making headlines of late, insists that Formula One needs to return to the United States, and that his team can help the process.
Speaking to Crash.net
, the former Williams team manager admitted that the sport was lacking a vital component having lost both the US and Canadian grands prix in recent years, and insisted that there was a large fanbase that would welcome it back should the situation be reversed in coming seasons.
"I think F1 needs the USA, because it's a huge market for every company that's in F1 - it's the world's biggest market, and still the world's most powerful economy," he pointed out, "As for a US Grand Prix, I think that there will be one in the future, and maybe we will play a small part in regenerating some of that interest in getting a race going here.
"But, ultimately, our mantra is not to try and convert America to F1 - we're trying to take America to F1, rather than take F1 to the United States. We're not trying to convert NASCAR fans to F1, and we never will because it's much too big, but I think that there are a lot of F1 fans in the United States and they will really get behind this team.
"The interest we've had since the news on this has leaked out - and not by us, I have to say - has been absolutely fantastic. We have been inundated with support, goodwill, people applying for jobs... We've had a million hits on a dormant website that doesn't have anything more than a logo on it, that's a million hits in three days, and it just shows how much interest there is in having an American F1 team."
Reinstating one or both the US and Canada to the F1 schedule would be in keeping with the sport's global expansion, which has seen the likes of Bahrain, China, Singapore and, from 2009, Abu Dhabi replacing the more traditional European events, and Windsor admits that the change has helped justify the decision to start a team, from scratch, in the non-F1 heartland of America.
"We always wanted to do a team in the United States, proving that American technology was at least the equal of anything in Europe, and, now that the world championship is 50 per cent outside Europe, it's no longer the European domain," he explained.
"The fact that the calendar is 50 per cent outside Europe, and there is less testing in Europe, has an enormous impact and was one of the justifications for [launching USF1]. If there were still 90 per cent of the races in Europe, and massive amounts of testing in Europe, it would be more difficult to do what we're going to do, but that is no longer the case."
Windsor did confirm that USF1 would set up a satellite base in Europe, most likely in Spain, but that it would not be more than a staging post.