The nascent USF1 grand prix team, already being written off in some circles, has claimed it is not too far away from announcing the identity of the first driver in its line-up.

Although there is much to be secured before the team can be deemed a viable contender for a place on the F1 grid, not least the finance needed to compete, co-principal Ken Anderson confirmed the intention to use American driving talent, something that has been sadly lacking on the grand prix scene despite the best efforts of the likes of Red Bull in recent years.

"Not many people here know it, but there are talented Americans in Europe doing very well right now," Anderson told the Charlotte Observer during an interview in which he also confirmed that '95 per cent' of the details appearing in the motorsport press regarding the team, and its desire to join the F1 circus as early as 2010, were true.

Revealing that USF1 did indeed plan to base itself in the heart of NASCAR country - "we are looking at a couple of buildings in Charlotte, including one in the University area," he confirmed - it was clear that he and former Williams team manager Peter Windsor are keen to make the outfit as American as possible, using technology and funding from the US as well as driving talent.

"Ninety per cent of the technology that exists in F1 comes from the US anyway," he claimed, noting that the team could make use of the rolling road windtunnel at nearby Windshear Inc for important aero work, as well as call on American suppliers for its carbon fibre, braking and IT inventory amongst others.

"All of the teams' sponsors want a presence here and American companies are going global," he added, "Formula One is the biggest television show in the world, bar none."

Both Anderson and Windsor have previous F1 experience, the former on the engineering side before he decamped to the US to work in Champ Car and the IRL. Windsor, meanwhile, served in both managerial and PR roles in the top flight, before more recently finding a new home with SpeedTV.

While Scott Speed's chances of returning to F1 may be hampered by the bridges he burned in an ill-fated spell with Toro Rosso, there are others who make no secret of their grand prix ambitions.

For the record, Charlie Kimball remains the highest profile American talent currently active in Europe, having combined stints in both F3 and the World Series by Renault with outings in Team USA's A1GP entry, while Jonathan Summerton, now looking at Indy Lights, was also active in the F3 Euroseries before returning home. For 2009, Jake Rosenzweig will join the crack Carlin team in the same F3 competition as he makes a rapid rise up the open-wheel ladder.

Meanwhile, home grown talent remains prevalent on the open-wheel ladder to IndyCars, with Marco Andretti having been touted as a potential Honda F1 driver for a couple of seasons - a chance that went west along with the Brackley-based team - and Andretti Green Racing team-mate Danica Patrick being mentioned in connection with a possible test drive.



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