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Lopez offered USF1 chance

USF1 moves to sign Jose Maria Lopez for its debut season in F1 in 2010
Former Renault test driver Jose Maria Lopez could be set for move into F1 for the 2010 season after revealing that he has a conditional offer on the table from the new USF1 team.

The Argentine driver, who has spent recent seasons competing in touring cars and GT racing, visited the USF1 headquarters in Charlotte earlier this week to meet with team bosses Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor and has now suggested that a deal could soon be concluded for next season.

“Up until now, we have had discussions over the phone but as things progressed, we went to visit the team personally and to speak to Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor,” the former GP2 driver revealed in a statement on his personal website. “We have verbally agreed a deal which we will complete next week.

“It is a new team which is starting from zero, and that is different to my experience with Renault where there was a structure with years of experience in F1. However, the commitment and professionalism of the USF1 programme has impressed me. We have seen the windtunnel which will be used to develop the car that I hope to race in 2010.”

Windsor himself admitted he was keen to tie down a deal for the Argentine driver and said he was someone who could bring good experience to the team.

“Until we sign a contract, we can't give too many details about negotiations,” he said. “What I can say is that I have a lot of respect for Jose Maria as both a driver and a person.

“After three years in Argentina, he is very motivated and he would be a great driver for our team because he will bring knowledge and experience of running tests in an F1 car. His motivation is also higher because he hasn't yet had the chance to race and show his ability.

“I would be very happy if he was to race with us next year and he isn't just one more driver on a list. He is a driver we are interested in and we would like him to be with us. Things can change quickly in motorsport so I can't say anything else, but we would like to sign a contract as quickly as possible.”




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Just the facts, please - Unregistered

November 21, 2009 6:15 PM

Can we quit with the "USF1 is 5 years into their car" crap? It is knowingly misleading to the point of being intentionally dishonest. They TALKED about a F1 team for 4 1/2 years. They actually formed up just months before the acceptance to F1. Talking about F1 doesn't build cars, or richard above would have 3 in the garage. BTW, USF1 has already passed side or front impact tests and is leaving the other to later as it will be influenced by design tweaks yet to be made. Common practice & hardly unique. And a reasonable course of action, as long as you beat deadline. I carry no water for USF1, but all I see here are wild accusations based on zero, other than wishful thinking. Lame.



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