• May 11, 2009
If you think the domination of Brawn GP has shaken things up in Formula One, that's nothing compared to what could be in store for the F1 grid in the next year or two. While the FIA toys with budget caps and all manner of new regulations, several prospective teams are lining up at the potential of entering the field at a reduced cost. Following earlier reports that Lola, Aston Martin and several current GP2 teams are toying with the idea of jumping into top-tier grand prix racing, Bernie Ecclestone hinted at a press conference during this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix that not one, but two American entries are in the works.

Now the first we know to be the USF1/USGPE team being prepared for next year by Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor. That squad recently announced the hiring of veteran NASCAR and NASA aerodynamicist Dr. Eric Warren to help design their car and run the team. But reports now suggest that either Penske or Andretti Green Racing could be contemplating taking the leap as well. Both outfits were recently competing in IndyCars and the American Le Mans Series, Penske adding NASCAR to its list and Andretti Green having jumped into A1GP after pulling out of ALMS. And both names are familiar to the world of F1 racing, Mario and Michael Andretti having each raced in F1 and Penske having fielded a team there in the '70s. But Formula One is a different game altogether from the sport which Penske and the Andrettis knew in their day, and the jump would constitute a serious leap for either squad. Stay tuned for more.

[Source: F1-Live | Image: Robert Laberge/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The current F1 is closer to what it was in Penske's day than in Andretti's championship year. The cars were still normally aspirated, used front and rear wings and the majority of them used 3 liter Cosworth V-8's.

      Andretti won his championship in a ground effects car with a Cosworth engine before ground effects were banned and flat bottoms were mandated.
      • 5 Years Ago
      if we get 1 or 2 teams there they to bring back the american and the canadian races. and if ferrari and mcleran leave i dont know how good it will be to watch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be interesting to see F1 cars from these teams, but if the main Constructors quit, it's just not worth watching anymore if all of the great drivers, Massa, Raikonnen, Hamilton, Kovolainen, Alonso and Kubica lose their positions as drivers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know a lot of people will not agree with me, but here's my two cents:

      I've been watching Formula One since the 80s. It has always been the pinnacle of motorsport... the best drivers, the best machines, the most innovative technology that the brightest minds could develop, and the best engineers could build. That's why for me it's been almost painful to watch what F1 has become in recent years: it's slowly being reduced to a spec series... F1 is slowly being neutered.
      I understand the need for cost saving measures, but I'm sorry; something is drastically wrong when all of a sudden you cut costs, lower engine revs, ban refueling mid race & tire warmers, restrict aero and all of a sudden all these potential new teams are crawling out of the woodwork because F1 is suddenly on the cheap and so standardized it's almost like a kit car series. Strategy doesn't even rally pay off. It makes no sense. They've banned in season testing... where the hell are new drivers gonna practice, and when will reserve drivers get seat time? Generally speaking, only those who have done well in GP2 have arrived in F1 and made their mark right off the bat. Just ask Scott Speed & Sebastien Bourdais just how difficult driving an F1 car is.
      I do not think F1 should be reduced to a spectacle where any bored rich person with a few million can come field a team. I remember in the old days even pit stops were extremely interesting to watch... I used to sit with pen & paper to write down the times, because I've literally seen 10ths of a second make a difference in the pits. I can't even tell the last time I've looked at the stopwatch graphic when a car pitted, let alone the last time I've seen a driver gain or lose a position in the pits due to time.
      All the old, historic tracks are being replaced by new ones who's respective owners have more money to dangle under Bernie's nose... it's a better business now I suppose, but it positively sucks as a spectator sport. And if these new two tier rules come into effect, it's gonna kill it. I miss the F1 of old.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why did I say diffuser? I meant spoilers/wings.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They say they wanna cut costs and they introduce KERS... it's pretty much been confirmed that KERS has absolutely no relevance with regards to the technology being used in road cars any time soon, but the FIA decides that teams should waste millions trying to develop it. It would've been better for them to limit revs & displacement, & go back to turbos.
        The Overtaking Working Group was conceived, and they decided that according to what the FIA was requiring of them, the "twin diffusers" would ruin the basic principle they were working towards, which was tidying up airflow and using adjustable wings so cars could overtake easier. Then the FIA allow the three teams who were not a part of the OWG to run twin diffusers, forcing the rest of teams to redesign in order to just remain competitive... but testing is banned, so upgrades are still touch and go.
        Believe me, budget caps should be the least of the FIA's concerns right now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Franz, I am right with you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay. You can have a 3-team series then. Have fun with that. Every series battles with car count problems due to cost versus "anything goes". F1 is no exception.
      • 5 Years Ago
      people hark back to the days of the 80's, but we all forget that as the 80's turned to the 90's many of the old, classic, teams were lost.

      take Lotus, Ligier, Tyrrell, Benneton, Brabham, Arrows, March. As well as Stewart, Jordan, Minardi, that came a little later.

      I'm not saying that these were the greatest teams, but they are what made F1 such a joy to watch. Even during its heyday, F1 was not solely about manufacturer "works" teams so why should it be that way now? McLaren and Williams are best remembered when they were private teams, not when they became the property of an engine manufacturer. And as we see so clearly, Engine manufacturers like Honda, Toyota, the earlier Renaults and BMW cannot do jack squat without a good private team behind them, meanwhile a good private team can do very well with only having a decent engine--not major manufacturer support. Take the old Bennetton-Fords, or this year's Brawn team.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One must really have a problem with Russ Brawn in order to want to take away the credit for what he's accomplished and instead say it's because Honda was writing checks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "meanwhile a good private team can do very well with only having a decent engine--not major manufacturer support. Take the old Bennetton-Fords, or this year's Brawn team."

        Wrong. Brawn had the 4th largest budget to develop the car and is still largely funded by Honda. If that isn't major manufacturer support, I don't know what is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...this year's Brawn team? you make it sound like the brackley boys just got out of bed. their superlative success is due to the giant Honda resources big bear brawn had at his disposal. he tossed last year's inferior ra108 car and began development on the now BGP001 way before rivals started their 09 fighter.

        good luck to the potential US teams. but f1 is motorsport's pinnacle. a designer w/o any top-level f1 experience is surely gonna struggle --ask adrian reynard
      • 5 Years Ago
      Top teams are considering leaving F1.

      Bernie Ecclestone the ex-used car sales man is hinting that new teams could, possible, maybe, potential join F1.

      Bernie says you can trust me I am an honest man.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool...but I'm still uninterested if the factory programs leave.

      Why does the world need one more overly-regulated and homogenized (also see castrated) racing series? F1 has always been about R&D, lots of testing and big name manufacturers. With the way its going, F1 will be a whole bunch of motorsports teams running the same chassis with a single engine supplier. Sounds to me like Penske and Andretti Green they'd be leaving the IRL for...a new Euro IRL
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