And then there were three…

March 5, 2010

The news that USF1 will not be competing in the 2010 F1 world championship is a major blow to all those who have worked so hard in an attempt to create, not only a new F1 team from scratch, but also one located in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, an area better known for NASCAR (which someone once told me stands for North And South CARolina!) than Formula 1. Even the hugely successful Roger Penske located parts of his operations in the UK when competing in the US single seat series, and so locating an F1 team in the US was a bold move, and one which ultimately appears to have failed.

What is also intriguing is that it appears that speculation in the paddock that this was going to be the case has been building, not just in the past few weeks, but since autumn 2009. In my post of 1 October 2009, ‘Handling the press’  which has a link to a BBC interview with Bernie Ecclestone, in the interview Mr E himself states that he is concerned about USF1, it is therefore an open question as to why given this amount of speculation early on and a number of visits by the FIA, the team were allowed to continue to this point. It is clearly devastating to all involved in the project, and it is the other side of the glamour and success that F1 is more usually associated with. It now appears that 2010 will go ahead with three of the four new entrants, Virgin Racing, Lotus and Hispania (formerly Campos). However, given the turmoil of 2009 it is quite remarkable that three totally new teams have been created in such a short space of time. It is a real testament to the power of the competitive spirit – just the kind of thing you need to pull out of a global recession.

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