Along with Campos Meta, Manor Grand Prix, Lotus and quite possibly Qadbak-Sauber, USF1 will be one of the eagerly-followed newcomers on the starting grid in F1 2010, but there remain doubts about the viability of the team and just how serious its credentials really are.

Despite having been the first of the five to announce its intention to bid for a place in the field next season and pay its entry fee, there has been constant sniping and cynicism about the likelihood of the North Carolina-based operation ultimately making the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix curtain-raiser in mid-March.

The naysayers have pointed to the lack of concrete evidence of progress, a headquarters the other side of the Pond in the heart of NASCAR country when all other teams are Europe-based, continuous chopping and changing regarding the kind of drivers allegedly being sought and the lack of recent F1 experience of co-team principal and technical chief Ken Anderson, whose only previous stint in the top flight came 20 years ago with backmarkers Ligier and Onyx.

Anderson and co-founder Peter Windsor, however, have persistently batted off all such scepticism, and are adamant that not only will the first American outfit in F1 in decades be in the field in Sakhir in four months' time, but that it will be fighting fit to boot.

In the meantime, follow the links below to take a lighter-hearted look at USF1's progress in a series of amusing internet skits...

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