• May 17, 2010

USF1 may have come and gone with little more than a whimper, but don't count these United States as gone from the F1 grid for good. At least not just yet. Because another company – at the risk of mixing sports clichés – has picked up the ball and intends to run with it all the way.

Cypher Group is the name of the team, which has announced its formation and intentions but has yet to register a formal application with the FIA. The new outfit insists that it will only go through with it if they can secure the necessary funding to make it viable. Like USF1, Cypher intends to base its operations out of North Carolina and employ many of the staff left twisting in the wind when USF1 shut down. Notably absent, however, are Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor, the pair that spearheaded the preceding operation whose demise left us all disappointed and a slot open on the grid for next season.

Word has it that Ken Anderson, for his part, is trying for it again, rebranding the remains of USF1 as Anderson F1. Several other teams are stepping up with potential bids to join the roster for 2011, including previously rejected applicants Epsilon Euskadi, Durango and Stefan GP. Perhaps most intriguing, however, is the entry from ART Grand Prix, the GP2 team run by Nicolas Todt, son of the FIA president, who also manages Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Jules Bianchi.

[Source: ESPN]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, you guys are so negative. I was disappointed with USF1 not making it too but it no reason to crap on the mention of ANY team based in the US. I'm not just pulling for any US team, I like the idea of Privateer outfits in any racing series, especially F1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ut oh my problems are starting again, if they really get a team ready by then, who would I root for? Redbull (mark webber) or the US team
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least these guys realize that F1 isn't A1 GP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lesson one: Don't try to build your first car from scratch while trying to make the grid in less than a year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yaaawn......and that's from an F1 fan. Anything that mentions the "United States" and "F1" in the same context is vaporware at best.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't be so hasty to rule it out, in fact I think you are talking rubbish. I am sure that Ecclestone would like to have a US squad on the grid to go along with trying to bring back the US Grand Prix.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Step one, get a graphic designer. That logo is too ugly to go on any racecar, even a backmarker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your first sentence is what I was going to post verbatim.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what I thought: it just takes one look to that logo to understand this is another back-garden proposition like USF1.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ditto. I was going to post the same thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, Jesus, not again...