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USF1 The Only Team Yet to Name Driver

by F1Fan on January 22, 2010

The pool of experienced F1 drivers is quickly depleting, yet the USF1 team remains quiet on who will be piloting the teams newly designed “Type 1” F1 car.

It seems that it would make sense from an ongoing development point of view to have at least one driver with some experience in F1 on the team, but so far the only name that has been seriously linked with USF1 is Jose Maria Lopez, who it is rumored may get a seat if he can raise the required sponsorship – basically a pay for drive arrangement, however he would be a F1 novice with a previously spotty racing record.

Money is obviously very important to USF1 and it is highly likely that both drivers will end up being pay for drive arrangements, unless the team can land some significant sponsorship in the short term. While Chad Hurleys investment was an initial shot in the arm running an F1 team is a very expensive business, without additional sponsorship, it is hard to see how USF1 can be competitive in the Long term.

So far the following drivers have been signed for the 2010 season:

F1 - Who's Driving Where in 2010

Vodaphone McLaren MercedesJenson Button
Vodaphone McLaren MercedesLewis Hamilton
Mercedes GP PetronasNico Rosberg
Mercedes GP PetronasMichael Schumacher
Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel
Red Bull RacingMark Webber
Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFelipe Massa
Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFernando Alonso
BMW - Sauber F1Kamui Kobayashi
BMW - Sauber F1Pedro De La Rosa
AT&T WilliamsRubens Barrichello
AT&T WilliamsNico Hulkenberg
Renault F1 TeamRobert Kubica
Renault F1 TeamTBA
Force India F1 TeamAdrian Sutil
Force India F1 TeamVitantonio Liuzzi
Scuderia Toro RossoSebastien Buemi
Scuderia Toro RossoJaime Alguersuari
Lotus F1 RacingJarno Trulli
Lotus F1 RacingHeikki Kovalainen
Campos Meta 1TBA
Campos Meta 1Bruno Senna
Virgin RacingTimo Glock
Virgin RacingLucas Di Grassi
Released November 22nd, 2010

The only other teams with a seat open are Renault and Campos Meta. In recent reports 2009 GP2 runner up Vitaly Petrov wants to race in F1 this season. Apparently he has 15 million Euro’s ($21 Million) in personal sponsorship from Sberbank and Gazprom the Russian natural gas giant that he has put on the table and has been talking with both Campos Meta and Renault. With that type of money on offer I bet Petrov would prefer a seat with a known entity such as Renault, but time will tell where and if he ends up in Formula One.

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