If we are to believe what Motorsport Total presents as their exclusive story we may see from 2010 season brand new USF1 team on Formula 1 grid. The team even has a website USF1.com although the only thing on that website is the logo.
The original article reports that the people behind the USF1 team idea are Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor.
Ken Anderson has previous engineering F1 experience with Ligier and Onyx. He also designed successful IRL cars and recently worked in NASCAR with Haas/CNC Racing. Peter Windsor is a F1 journalist perhaps best known for his job as Editor of F1 Racing magazine. His F1 working experience includes work for Williams and Ferrari. He is also the voice we here during the F1 post race interviews.
The idea is said to be “Made in America” team, whatever that means. USF1 team is to be headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina with a subsidiary in Bilbao, Spain. Ken Anderson is (according to Autosport) also the part owner of the Wind Shear Inc. full scale, 180mph rolling road wind tunnel in North Carolina which has been used by F1 and NASCAR teams. Also according to Autosport there are indications the team plans to build their own chassis in North Carolina.
After seeing the logo only website I thought this news is just another rumour so I looked up the domain USF1.com. It has been registered via GoDaddy.com and the administrative and technical contact is Ken Anderson, Davidson, North Carolina, USA. It does look like there might be something brewing but i will believe only when we here from someone behind this idea. And I am not the only one who is sceptical about this story (at the moment, without knowing details) – see this GrandPrix.com article. No matter what however, if this works out it sure would be great news for all F1 fans and not only in the US.
I also can’t see how can an all US team work in F1. Japanese attempt did not work (Super Aguri), even Force India is far from being Indian team (the only Indian connections seem to be the owner and the Bollywood celebrities in the F1 paddock). But while we wait and see if this story is real or just another rumour we can at least speculate how could an all American team look – chassis design, engine supplier, drivers etc …