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Easy come, easy go. Only it was anything but an easy arrival for USF1, the highly anticipated and much-hyped American grand prix team that was slated to hit the grid this past weekend for the start of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship. And in the end, much as Bernie Ecclestone predicted, the team failed to make it.

FIA president Jean Todt had dispatched his technical chief Charlie Whiting to assess where things stood at USF1 headquarters in South Carolina, and reported back on the construction of several cars at the factory. As it turns out, that wasn't enough to get them to the starting grid and joining Virgin, Lotus and HRT which did.

According to reports, USF1's management is still holding out hope that they could join the grid for next season. In order to do so, they'd have to retain a workforce that largely blames the team's two principals – Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson – for misleading and mismanaging the team's entry, re-apply through a selection process which the FIA intends to re-open for next season, and face possibly penalties from its World Motor Sports Council.

[Source: ESPN]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with the above post in that there is a distinct lack of knowledge flowing through some of these comments. Posters like @tuna are a breath of fresh air. There is a ton of technical talent in NC and many parts providers for current F1 teams are located in the US. Ignorance if not a license to criticize with impunity and I'm happy to see fellow posters point it out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have seen allot of negative comments made about the USF1 team, that’s ok, I know the team will do everything to corporate with the FIA and FOM. The team would like to make the 2011 grid along side Stafan GP. The USF1 team have set aside there plans and are awaiting the outcome from the FIA. I do believe that any course of action handed down by the FIA will be accepted with professionalism from the USF1 team. The team wants to work with the FIA & FOM any way they can. Formula 1 business is the top auto racing sport in the world. To be in the F1 business is like being royal family, Must hold you head high and have no problems in this business. But sometimes things get out of control in any business. I will always have the teams back no matter what the outcome is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To be fair, out of all new teams USF1 was the only team that tried to build a car from scratch by itself. The teams that made it to Bahrain had Dallara build theirs.

      It's disappointing, but you try and go build a complete F1 car by yourself in less than 12 months.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ cRazYee

        Lotus is backed by the Malaysian government and has little to do with the actual Lotus car company. It has pretty much unlimited funding... and we all saw how competitive they were on that budget.

        USF1 was operating on Mosley's proposal of $40 mil. Educate yourself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        excuse me,
        Lotus done everything within 6 months
        they are the latest to get entry

        USF1 is one of team who got approved early.

        BIG SHAME on you! USFail1.
        • 5 Years Ago
        well, I'm malaysian
        and unlimited funding is just your saying
        every team will have someone from FIA to keep the eyes on your financial

        "unlimited funding" is just stupid saying

        USF1 failed to get sponsor, that's their main problem. And this is the team management problem.

        Cheapest sponsorship in F1 is most expensive one in NASCAR

        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe it's because that you are Malaysian that you don't understand "It has pretty much unlimited funding" means relatively/comparatively unlimited.

        USF1 had a defined target of $40 mil and no more. On top of that it tried to do everything from the ground up and in-house. That includes cost of facilities and machinery. Ambitious? Yes. Foolishly optimistic? Absolutely.

        Point is if Lotus had problems getting their cars to Bahrain, they could've simply thrown more money at the problem and it would be solved. USF1 had no such option.

        Failed to get sponsor? are you kidding me? it's the team's fault that the US economy is at it's worst in at least 20 years? You make it sound like you know and have tried to start an F1 team from the ground up in the worst economy ever. Where is your CV? If you think you alone can do better, step on up, contact USF1 for a job. Until then, sit down and be quiet.

        Anyway, it's pointless to argue with the ignorant. I'm done. The facts are out there if you want to read up on it. It's 2010 and you ought to know how to use Google by now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What part of USF1 was U.S.? The principals are English and the staff were Europeans, only the address is in the U.S. Another scam that didn't work... How about Ferrari building their car in Iceland? Would that be IcelandF1 ?

        • 5 Years Ago
        it's from day one, they are so ambitions to make full American team
      • 5 Years Ago
      FAILURE...moving on!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      God I hate to do this -

      I think their headquarters in North Carolina?

        • 5 Years Ago
        The only thing I can think of is that they aren't located within the Charlotte city limits, but rather in the Charlotte metro area, which does spread to SC.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Chances are it's north of Charlotte around where all the Nascar teams are based.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup Charlotte has always been in North Carolina.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stop reporting on USF1. Nobody gives a F U C K, really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like I said a year ago, I'll believe it when I see it. So ahead USF1, prove me wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Should say "Go ahead USF1, prove me wrong."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well at least somebody is holding out hope for USF1, even if it is USF1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are they government employed? talk about pork spending your budget.....
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