F1 governing body the FIA has revealed that a return visit to the North Carolina headquarters of 2010 newcomer USF1 has left them 'impressed', with the team seeking to quash cynicism by stressing that 'there is no doubt whatsoever' regarding its presence on the grand prix starting grid next year.

FIA President Max Mosley had remarked that there are 'all sorts of rumours' flying around about USF1, with F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone similarly hinting that he is not 100 per cent convinced the first American team in the top flight in more than two decades will truly be there when the starting lights go out in Sakhir in March [see separate story - click here].

Following a second inspection by the governing body, however - led by FIA deputy president Nick Craw - a positive verdict was delivered, with the conclusion that the Charlotte-based outfit is well on-track towards accomplishing its stated objectives of rolling out its first car in November and hitting the F1 test tracks with a vengeance come January next year.

"I visited the team in August and I am impressed with the progress made [since then]," Craw is quoted as having said by the BBC. "It has all come together very quickly for the team, and we welcome them into F1 competition in 2010."

"The creation of a new team in the world's toughest form of motorsport is not easy," acknowledged team principal and renowned engineer and designer Ken Anderson, "but there is no doubt whatsoever [that] we will be on the grid in Bahrain in March, 2010."

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