• Feb 16, 2009
Danica Patrick just might make it into Formula One after all. The sensational IndyCar driver/Sports Illustrated swimsuit model was previously linked to a potential seat with Honda's F1 team, but those prospects were all but completely dashed when the squad closed up shop. But now the people behind the upcoming USF1 team could give Danica the ticket she deserves.

According to USF1 technical director Ken Andserson, Danica is one of the star American drivers which the team would consider hiring when they hit the grid in 2010. Among the other possible candidates are Red Bull-backed Scott Speed, who switched over to NASCAR after leaving Scuderia Toro Rosso in F1, and budding American drivers Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden. Each F1 team fields two cars, so any of these drivers' chances are pretty good. Meanwhile, USF1 is considering renting space from Epsilon Euskadi, a team which currently races at Le Mans and in the World Series by Renault, and whose facility in Spain would prove a suitable European base for the American team. We'll know more about the initiative when USF1 is officially launched on February 24, so stay tuned. Shukran for the tip, Muhammed!

[Source: ESPN]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Danika will certainly not the first female to become a F1 driver, that honor went to Maria Teresa de Filippis of Italy who made who made 3 F1 starts in the late 1950s. And then there was the late Lella Lombardi also from Italy who made 12 F1 starts in the 1970s. Lella actually scored 0.5 points at the Spanish GP in 1975. There have also been other female drivers who didn't actually start a race so if Danica gets a F1 drive she certainly wont be the first female to do so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Danica Patrick is so 2006.
      • 5 Years Ago
      whats with the name calling? look i know hes won road courses,been watching nascar for years, but come on they only race a few a year so he does not have the experience on road courses to only race on road courses especially in an open wheel car...........
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will F1 be around in 2010?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do the drivers have to be American? Most, if not all of the up and coming drivers as well as any established (winning) drivers are not American. Europe has very extensive driver programs for anyone looking to get to Formula One and that is where anyone will have to go for a shot at F1. Picking one of the hayseeds from Nascar or one of the "young american" drivers from the wasteland known as the IRL and dropping them into a Formula One car is a certain disaster. If an American driver is what is wanted then the potential drivers need to get over to Europe and start learning the ropes because their not going to find anything to prepare them for F1 here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why American? Because "American" Motorsports has turned into NASCAR. The "American" LeMans Series (ALMS) seems to hire established Europeans with sportscar experience or ride $$$.

        The LBGP was "saved" by some American guy named Mario who drove a black Lotus & actually provided the crowd a home town hero. I was a huge Emerson Fittipaldi fan... but I loved seeing Al Unser Jr, Rahal, & Mears (+ a host of Americans) battle him on my American tracks.

        Americans have gone to Europe to get the "proper training" you speak of. Two Americans(Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden) just won the huge Formula Ford Festival in England. The FIRST time a U.S. driver(s) has WON these events in its 40 year history. http://www.teamusascholarship.org

        Paul Edwards, now a Pontiac GXP-R factory driver competed in Europe. Patrick Long as well... he is a factory Porsche driver. Even Danica Patrick trained in Europe. Her highlight was finishing 2nd in that above mentioned, FF Festival... she was beaten by former F1 driver Anthony Davidson.

        USF1 is just in the planing stages & a long way from focusing on drivers. The Danica Patrick connection is to create PUBLICITY for the effort. Younger drivers like Daly & Newgarden(17-18 years old now) will be the focus for one seat. "Older" guys like Graham Rahal (20-21) will grab the other.

        Danica would have to win ALL the IRL road races this year to be considered for this ride. She backed out of her A1GP ride... & seems to prefer ovals. (JMO).

      • 5 Years Ago
      @Galley In F1, the drivers are weighed with their car every race.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, and that means the 80 pound advantage is still there. Even if the 80 pounds is taken up with ballast, the ballast itself can be moved to more advantageous places. In a 1334 pound car with driver, having 80 pounds to play with and put anywhere you want is a massive advantage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        CarGuy: Where are you coming up with this 80 pounds? Danica weights about 100 pounds. The "heaviest" F1 driver was the now RETIRED David Coulthard who tipped the scales @165-170.

        Funny, I never heard guys b*tch & moan about 120 pound Cristiano Da Matta & his weight advantage when he drove for Toyota F1. What about the 10-15 pound weight difference between some F1 teammates?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow! Lets put Danica in ANOTHER series she isn't ready for. Heres a great idea; pick a driver that wins races because...oh yah, news flash, even drivers that win races don't always win races in F1 (oh Sebastian!! hows F1 going for you!?). It's the highest level in open-wheel motor-sport, with the best drivers in the world. Shouldn't that mean we send the best american drivers in the world, not the most advertised???


      She should be in Atlantic Series cars IMO

      end rant
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, no, no, no, no. Unless the USF1 initiative wants to be known as the team who put the first female driver in F1 then, by all means, give Danica a seat but, as it has been mentioned before, she has yet to prove herself in the current series she is in. I welcome the USF1 initiative because it may help bring at least one race back to North America but let's not turn the team into a laughing stock by fielding thoroughly uncompetitive drivers with (only) initially uncompetitive cars. Of all the drivers mentioned, I believe Scott Speed is a viable and legitimate option. As a second, why don't we place a younger rising star? Marco Andretti, anyone?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree that Danica does not deserve a seat in F1 as she has not fully proven herself in IRL, but how can you say Marco HAS proven himself? Sure he has some good runs from time to time, but more often than not he wrinkles his car or parks it. If Danica does not warrant a seat nor does Marco.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i dont thnk she deserves this,and i dont agree with jeff gordon either he only knows how to turn left. how about gram rahal,we need someone young and someone who can win,someone to represent america. someone here said pastrana and block there rally car drivers not sure if they could drive an open wheel car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would they even consider this, she isn't one of the top drivers in the world. She is a marketing gimmick.. that being said, the team needs money. Maybe if they have two drivers, one good one and one to be last in the field but make money for the team??? Seriously though, this is a horrible idea and anyone who thinks she would do well in F1 really should try watching the sport and see the kind of talent that is there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "the ticket she deserves"? Thanks for the joke. Hahaha, that's the funniest thing I've read in years. Don't you know she was even pulled from the A1GP driving duties basically due to relative incompetence? And give us an average of her road course "excellence" placings while you are at it backing up such a comment. I recall mostly back half of the grid racing against non-road race experts in the IRL. How about you? Or have you watched?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Doug... get your facts straight.

        Danica "pulled" herself. Her management wanted more compensation for her A1GP adventures. Even though AGR was using A1GP to give Danica & Marco more intense road racing training. The team "promoted" 3rd driver Charlie Kimball to Danica's open seat.


      • 5 Years Ago
      dear sweet jesus please no. You know who should drive? i have three suggestions...Will Turner, Ken Block, or Pastrana. They would all require some cultivation, but they could do it. Turner is probably the only one that could step up now and have a semi successful season.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What are you his agent? Will Turner, the Touring Car driver? You think he would make the transition from 300HP, 2800 pound tin top to the 800+HP, 1200 pound, open wheel F1 machine??????

        As for Ken Block... F1 ain't drifting. If you want a Formula Drift driver... why not the current CHAMPION (Tanner Faust (sp?))

        Travis? Fun to watch, but not exactly a world class rally driver (no WRC experience... only X-Games & N/A rally events)... what has he proved.
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