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Finally Some Real News from USF1

by F1Fan on October 9, 2009

After weeks of rumors and reports that USF1 was the team most likely to fail, with Bernie Ecclestone and Sam Michael of Williams reportedly even doubting that they would actually be able to make it to the grid for the first race next season, coupled with radio silence from the team itself made todays press release is a welcome sign of life.

The FIA has just completed it’s second round of inspections of USF1 within the last 3 months and Nick Craw, the FIA’s Deputy President for Sport confirmed :

“I personally visited the US F1 Team in August as well as this week, and I am impressed with the progress made by the organization since the Concorde Agreement was signed in late July. It has all come together very quickly for the team, and we welcome them into Formula One competition in 2010.”

Welcome news for many American Formula One fanatics, with luck we will have the first US based team in 40 years to support next season, the first American Team since Dan Gurney won a Grand Prix with his Eagle in 1967.

USF1 confirmed that the design of the car is complete, construction is underway and on-schedule to produce a rolling chassis by November with a race-ready car for ‘shakedown’ by mid-January.

Team Principal, President and CEO Ken Anderson commented:

“We have had an open dialogue with the FIA since the team’s inception in 2008, and we welcome their visits to the United States. We are proud to show them that, despite what is currently circulating in the rumor mill, our Charlotte shop is fully operational and we are well under way to construction of a unique U.S.-designed Formula One race car. The creation of a new team in the world’s toughest form of motorsport is not easy, but there is no doubt whatsoever that we will be on the grid in Bahrain in March 2010. We have the right staff, the right partners and soon we will have the right drivers. We look forward to going racing next year.”

Of course we don’t yet have clear picture of who the “right staff” and “right partners” are as USF1 has yet to disclose anyone other than Chad Hurley, founder and CEO of YouTube as a primary investor. But I guess that will come in time.

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