• Mar 6, 2009
There will be no USF1 in Formula 1 racing this year – or any year for that matter. A full year before the new American team was set to take to the track in 2010, they have been shot down by the very series they planned to compete in. But before you get too upset and think this is a case of Anti-American bias or something, know that it is just the name that the sanctioning body was objecting to.

Apparently Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One Management (FOM) weren't overly fond of the use of "F1" in the team's initially stated name. So it's out with USF1 and in with USGPE, which stands for US Grand Prix Engineering. We wouldn't be surprised to hear that Pontiac is now threatening a lawsuit, or perhaps sponsorship.

Just for clarification, Formula 1 has allowed "F1" in a team's name, but only if the word "Team" is also used. The lone exception is Williams, which officially goes by WilliamsF1. In related news, Force India was asked to revise their logo because "FI" looks too much like "F1". The team will now use a lowercase "i" in the logo to avoid confusion with the series. Got all that? So USF1 is now USGPE and Force India is now using "Fi" instead of "FI". Thanks for the tip, Ryan!

[Source: F1-Live]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I am tired of Bernie. After his failure to maintain a relationship with USGP at Indy; why would anyone want to do business with the master of "short term greed" ?
      The long term vision Bernie has, is the hours he stares at himself in the mirror to convince himself he is the center of the F1 universe. He will continue to believe this until everyone walks away (except Ferrari of course).
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a bunch of boobs. The Bernie and Max show is a total embarrassment to anytihing ever called a sport. "Can't use F1. oh except if it's "Team" F1, oh and except if you're Williams, but really, other than that, the rule is pretty clear, right?"

      F! is a total circus. They make p and enforce racing rules as they go along, they change the car ules every 30 minutes in the interest of "cost savings' no, wait it's "environmental concern" no, wait, that's expensive, now it's "cost savings" again...

      As far USF1 or, GPE or USWTF, it doesn't matter. I give them about 3 races running dead last before they run out of money and interest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think Bernie and Max should change the name of F1 to F.U. because thats what theve been doing to teams and fans since they got into it.
      Evildoers!

      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      When is this jackass going to die already?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Seriously, and that USF1 logo was awesome, what a shame..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Calm down folk!
      The US team wouldn't last a season anyway; no matter how you call it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bummer. I think they should have changed it to USFU in Bernie and Max's honor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this Bernie fellow a prick or what?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are much too kind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No doubt he is. Max is close behind him.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, I think the french will probably sue next, for use of their language. We'll have to change it to "US Big Prize Engineering" but NASCAR fans will take offense for the use of "Big" in a way so as to mock them, and chemists will be mad for emphasis on engineering over thermodynamics and stuff. Then it'll be "US Prize Science" and WHO wants to watch mail vans race in the "USPS"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      USF1 sounds so much better than US-Gippie...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is William exempt from this "copyright"? I agree USF1 Team sounds much better. Didn't Windsor said Bernie knew about this team a while ago? This just comes out now? Or did Bernie did this on purpose? Who knows what's going on with these guys.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, the official name of Williams F1 is Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd. I'm thinking that because of his ties with Williams, Peter Windsor used this as a reference for the new USGPE.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why add the "E"?

      Why not just US:GP like Brawn GP?

      Team America would be better, because imagine if they won the title. It could officially be called Team America: World Champions. That would be too cool for some people it would just be spasmodic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This seems pretty silly to me. Did they hire someone from Apple who came up with all this crap?
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