USF1 breaks silence with website and video
Tue, 5 January, 2010
The USF1 team has finally broken its silence on preparations for its debut Formula One season in 2010 with the launch of its new website and accompanying video. Ever since the team announced its plans to establish a Formula One team in February 2009 to race in 2010, the outfit has been shrouded in mystery and doubt until the website and video were unveiled at Christmas time.
The USF1 website, located at USF1 Team official website - Homepage
features many details about the new team, including information on partners, its US and European headquarters in Charlotte and Aragon respectively and news and blog sections. The website also includes a link to a Youtube video, which shows the team's engineers designing and building a monocoque for its first chassis.
In his first blog post, team co-founder Peter Windsor revealed that the team's deafening silence was diliberate, because of the unstable political situation in F1 at the time of the team's foundation, and because everyone was busy getting the outfit on its feet.
‚ÄúA number of people have asked me why we've been relatively quiet over the past six months or so,‚ÄĚ began Windsor. ‚ÄúMy answer is twofold - one, while the F1 politics were sorting themselves out there was very little that we could do or say. We're all in the entertainment business we call F1 and there seemed little or no point in adding to the situation from the perspective of a new team.
‚ÄúSecond, since August, we have been building our "house". Literally. We gutted the ex-Hall of Fame Racing/Joe Gibbs NASCAR shop, re-painted it, re-floored it, re-wired it, re-lit it and re-designed it. In three weeks.
‚ÄúThat's what you can do in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the economic impact of the motorsports industry approaches $6 billion per year. Ask and you will receive. Brilliant.‚ÄĚ
Of the four new teams venturing into F1 for the first time this year, USF1 are not the only team to have remained tight-lipped about their operation. While Lotus F1 and Virgin Racing (previously Manor GP) recently launched their teams, the fourth team Campos has limited itself to one driver announcement conference, amid rumours that the team is lacking sufficient budget to get it through its first year of racing.
Despite the launch of the team's website, USF1 is yet to confirm any of its drivers for next season. Although Argentina's Jose Maria Lopez has been strongly linked with the team, there are few other hints at who will be lining out for them in just over two months time in Bahrain on March 14. Pre-season testing meanwhile begins in just under a month, on February 1 in Valencia, Spain.