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A recent report out of Spain suggests that the USF1 team won't make it to the starting grid in Bahrain and that the team's chances of making it to the next two races are in question, putting the entire season in jeopardy. To make matters worse, rumors are circulating that one of the team's principle backers – YouTube founder Chad Hurley – has pulled his support from the Formula One upstart and that Brian Bonner, a former IndyCar driver and the team's head of business development, is no longer working for the firm, taking a co-director position at B4 Marketing.

It's been some time since we've heard any word from the team, beyond the announcement that Argentinian touring car driver Jose Maria Lopez has been tapped to handle driving duties. The lack of a second driver, along with rumblings that former YouTuber Hurley is considering backing the Campos team or Stefan GP doesn't help matters. And to muddy the waters further, the USF1's headquarters are apparently up for sale, suggesting something's rotten in Denmark Charlotte, and validating Bernie Eccelstone's earlier predictions about the team's troubles. Thanks for the tip Adam.

[Sources: Marca, Crash.net]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow... a lot of really stupid comments and a lot of speculation by folks who haven't a clue. I hope it's all not true but fear the worse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So will we get Peter Windsor back on the grid for those great interviews & commentaries? Screw the team - most of our populace don't get F1 anyway and prefer NAStyCAR.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shame,because I was thinking that even if the USF1 team performed poorly(which they probably would have),ESPN or something might still mention it and bring some F1 news to the livingrooms of Americas who watch basketball and the only form of motorracing they probably are aware of is NASCAR.

      And this could make some people interested and become fans of F1,who normaly wouldnt know what it is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought I just read Jean Todd said new teams can skip the first couple races?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really? There arent any wealthy F1 fans in the US that don't see a need for a US based team? I really hoped they could compete this year, It gave me a nice underdog to root for. I was also curious to see how their transverse mounted gearbox would do in relation to driving dynamics and reliability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good point, I hadn't though of that.
        I also wonder how it would affect the overall shape of the car as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It sucks if the team cant make it would loved to have seen a team from North America competing (rather it be from Canada). But I guess you cant always have your cake and eat it to. Lets all hope the can make Bahrain!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What burns me is that they coulda had real Lola instead of nonexistent USF1, or for pretend Lotus for that matter
      • 5 Years Ago
      www.usf1.com appears to be down this morning.
      • 5 Years Ago
      although I like the idea of a team from the US, do they have to call it USF1?
      I mean, you dont see Ferrari calling itself ItalianF1..........
      Maybe this outfit would fit better in the A1 series where each country has a team.

      They should have bought an old dead US car brand and made that their marque -
      Tucker F1! Studebaker F1! Dodge F1!
      • 5 Years Ago
      /wakes up from nap.

      Yawn... what happened? Oh... Yea.


      / back to sleep
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some of the speculation comes from this:

      Ken Anderson is not a very good "car guy" or "card designer" and some fault lays with him, hence the delays. His management style has not pushed the team hard enough. And secondly, there has not been enough money to make this happen in faster terms.

      I don't know what the ultimate truth is going to be. I want to see them succeed. I've said the same thing over at Facebook and other forums. However, until they produce a car and put it through the paces, we will never really know what's going on.

      Right now, it just doesn't look good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Noooooo! Was hoping for a US based team to cheer on this year. Come on guys!
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