“It was quite funny for us to hear some of the new teams saying they didn't know when they would fire up,” Lotus F1 chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne added, speaking to ESPN
as the Englishman expressed his incredulity that a team could be preparing to compete without a fixed launch or roll-out date yet. “We knew from the day we submitted the entry when we could be ready. If you are a proper outfit, with a proper design and production schedule, you know exactly when you have to do these things.”
The Cosworth-powered USF1 contender was due to take to the test track for the first time in a private shakedown outing at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama later this month, but so far no confirmation has been forthcoming, and for a man to whom – as a respected SPEED TV
commentator, though he has apparently now been replaced in that role – words invariably come easy, Windsor's silence of late has been practically deafening.
As eleven of its twelve competitors continue to test with a vengeance, time is fast ticking down now to the first practice session of the 2010 F1 World Championship – but it seems that for USF1, time might have sadly run out.