- Jan 13th 2010 at 8:01AM
USF1 to test, launch car in Alabama with special FIA dispensation
While the rest of the teams competing in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship will be launching and testing new cars together at European tracks, America's own will launch and test its car right in the good ol' U.S. of A.
Due to the team's location across the Atlantic, the FIA selected Barber Motorsport Park, the 740-acre facility in Birmingham, Alabama, set to host an IRL grand prix this year on its 2.3-mile road course, as the designated test track. After conducting three test sessions at Barber, USF1 will ship its car to Spain for the final group test prior to the season opener in Bahrain on March 14.
Team principal (and longtime motorsport journalist) Peter Windsor says the team will soon announce its driver line-up. Contrary to earlier reports that the team would employ American drivers (like Danica Patrick or Kyle Busch), it now appears most likely the team will use whatever drivers it can get its hands on. Among the current front-runners include Argentine pay-driver Jose Maria Lopez and British aspirant James Rossiter, a former ALMS driver and Super Aguri tester.