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Posted By: James Allen  |  23 Feb 2010   |  11:59 pm GMT  |  116 comments

For anyone interested in the ongoing troubles of USF1, it’s worth checking out Autosport tonight. They have a well researched and thorough piece on the situation from an anonymous team insider, alleging that the whole thing has been poorly planned by team principal Ken Anderson and that the staff are uncertain whether they will be paid this week. Autosport have also put the allegations to Anderson who calls them “one-sided”.

The source suggests that the only person who can rescue the situation is multi-millionaire You Tube backer Chad Hurley, “(We) feel Hurley has no intention of abandoning us even though the media has said he’s gone with Campos, ” said the source. But at this stage, Hurley may well feel less than inclined to throw good money after bad.

“There has been precious little in the way of formal planning and documentation. No production schedules, simply very little in the way of planning,” said the source.

“Our January 15 pay cheque was late. It was paid by the 20th or so, but it certainly caused commotion and people started asking questions.

“That’s when all the company’s issues came to a head, and the conclusion was… yes, we had been lied to about the long-term budget, and indeed the company had a cash flow issue. But as mentioned, that really was a secondary issue.

“Think of it this way, ignoring the fact that we were lied to about the budget, if you don’t have a car or can’t show serious progress in that direction, potential sponsors aren’t going to have a tendency to give you money.

“At the moment there are still 60 people working in Charlotte, but 10 have already left.”

Read the whole article here USF1 Story

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To enter Formula One and not understand the scope?By seasoned professionals?With United States in the title?If USF1 competed for a few seasons and had to withdraw,I would understand.The realities of this sport are clear.Then comes Formula One.But to not make the grid after all the hoopla-?????

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Does anyone else think that Peter Windsor looks like MacGyver? If anyone can build an F1 car from a few bits of junk, McGyver can. Would make a good YouTube clip.

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Does anyone else think Peter Windsor looks like MacGyver? If anyone can produce an F1 car from a few bits of junk, Macguyver can. It’d make a good YouTube clip.

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James,

With the FIA’s visit to USF1’s factory complete (at least that my understanding) do you have any idea how long it will be before we hear something official from the FIA? I cannot believe the FIA would let this situation drag on.

Also, would the FIA really give Stefan GP an entry for 2010? Would’t the FIA be setting themselves up for potential lawsuits from those that also applied and weren’t selected. I know Stefan has the former Toyota car, but would that make them a better selection than say Prodrive, Lola, etc.? If I were in the FIA’s shoes, I know I’d be very concerned with the potential fallout of a Stefan GP entry this year.

What are your thoughts?

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Thank You for posting this James. There has been precious little in the media here in the US. Especially from SPEED television where Peter Windsor worked for years. It was quite obvious that something wasn’t right from the silence from the team. And the complete silence from SPEED other than Bob Varsha doing interviews for the team’s web site. I confess I am bitterly disappointed with all of this. It will make the creation of another US team that much harder and highly unlikely anytime soon. What a disaster!

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Hi James

I would really love to know what you think about this. I’m really annoyed that a sport I love is looking like such a joke.

Do you think USF1 should have their place taken away and if so, should it be given to Stefan GP?

Or

Should they be allowed to de-value F1, de-value being an F1 Team and turn up in four races time (aka when they feel like it), at the same time as there being a team (Stefan GP)ready to race?

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“There has been precious little in the way of formal planning and documentation. No production schedules, simply very little in the way of planning,” said the source.

They would fit right in, here in Lincolnshire!

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At least Bruno Senna’s management team didn’t entrusted his Formula 1 entry to Peter Windsor and USF1. Thank god they were smart enough to grab the second worst option. As Kobayashi, Buemi and Petrov move forward properly with their F1 careers, Bruno Senna is off track, going nowhere.

Mark

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If Campos gets through the season with a half-decent effort, Bruno will surely become a more interesting asset for having a year experience under his belt in a back marker team. Think of some of the current drivers who came in through Minardi.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t mess it up ‘a la Nelson’

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I think that even if the FIA let them start the season in spain i don’t think they would make it.

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The worst case scenario….there’ll still be 22 cars on the tracks, much better than 26 with too much breakdowns which will send the safety car scrambling and kill the race situation. What’s the point of backmarkers getting lapped continuosly. I’d rather watch decent finishes even for the new teams not just numbers. If StefanGP makes it, 24 cars, not to bad right?. Last testing sessions then it’s Bahrain!!!

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I think for F1 to succeed in the US the IRL needs to first improve and make a big dent in NASCAR. Once IRL is in better shape with quality drivers then I would like to see the FIA and IRL to work together.

Imagine if we could see an IRL race and an F1 race at the same venue at the same weekend. I think that would definately draw in the crowds and both racing series would benefit.

13

Beer and pretzels with wine and cheese anyone?

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It is a shame … but it has been brewing for a while. I totally agree with you, James, I think Chad Hurley would be wised to put his money in Campos; since funding is what they need.

But USA has never fully embraced F1; and I don’t think this will happen in the near future.

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Interesting, but hardly a shocker…poor planning at USF1? NO..it cant be…

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Interesting to see on Autosport an article from the manager of Jose Maria Lopez regarding his talks with Campos.

I thought this was the most interesting statement:

“Both Chad Hurley and Jose Carabante talked for several hours to find a solution for the budget issues both teams have. For us this merger is very important as it works in favour of Lopez racing this year.”

Surely this would mean Campos and US F1 were to merge. Would love to hear your thoughts James.

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You are absolutely right

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Lopez’s manager is in talks with Campos Meta, seems Chad Hurley is being linked with some involvement as well, not looking good for USF1. Be interesting to see a response to the situation from the FIA soon

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A sad commentary on what is a gross failure in leadership. As a U.S.fan this is embarrassing beyond belief.

James-

As a further note on this what are your thoughts on the rampant anti-American vitrol that has been prevasive on a lot of the blogs about USF1?

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It has been announced in an Argentine publication by Felipe McGough that talks are going on between US F1 investor Chad Hurley Jose Ramon owner of Campos and Carabante which would include a deal to see Lopez race at Campos

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It is a real shame USF1 won’t make it to the grid. I very much Peter Windsor’s idea/concept of making Formula 1 more opened.

What this leak shows is that a good idea needs good project management people. People with the ability to stand up for their work and deadline instead of yeasayers.

The funny thing is a similar concept called AUSF1 would have fared much better.

We have talented drivers (Webber, Riccardiello), a Grand Prix (sorry American friends), we are accessible, friendly, professional, down to earth, etc. We could hire Peter Windsor, who after all, is Australian and couple him with Paul Stoddart (what an idea) instead of Ken (who?) Anderson.

Knowing Paul and his big mouth, we would have always been aware of their progress.

Unfortunately, USF1 probably never enjoyed enough American support (although isn’t Argentina part of the Americas?) to get it off theground properly.

Now that Locstein has thown the towel, an announcement on the demise of the team that never was is only imminent.

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According to the following Road & Track article, Ken Anderson and Peter Windows have split:

http://www.roadandtrack.com/racing/motorsports/us-f1-in-deep-trouble

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I truly love this article. Finally to hear a constructor to comment on the matter which was good, because to see how they feel and what they say on this. I think its good they are being honest and because of this they are being slammed by others. I like the idea of the new teams but put teams in that have the financial backing. I like the ending of this article when it says ” Was it all worth it?” Because it wasn’t it all worth it because we got the proper teams out, we got people who have been involved in scandals and we got teams who are in it for the short-term and not the long-term. I think personally has every right to say what ever they like on this matter because they are part of the formula 1 paddock and have a responsibility to show their feelings to their fans and sponsors. Ok, they could have said it a lot less harsher but isn’t that the reason we love F1 so much? Because of the personalities, the passion and the love for racing.

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This will be a massive blow to bring back F1 to the USA. They cant get a team together in what should be the best market of anywhere in the world (barring the Middle East) right now.

Americans (and Canadians to a degree) are far more interested in sports that only “they” play, such as Hockey, American Football and Champ Car, but are less interested in taking part in more global sports. A sad state of affairs

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Its really annoying that this poorly planned attempt of starting an f1 team has come down to the last minute almost preventing another team to replace them. Hopefully they will step aside asap to give Stefan GP a chance (they seem a lot more serious) and will give the Toyota engine another go. They are using the Toyota engine aren’t they James?

Really hope this gets resolved soon as we were promised a full grid!

Great site James has been a savior over the winter.

Rich

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James,

Does the name Mladen Jergovic mean anything to you?

He is a part of USF1 operation and i saw him quiet confident about everything last week…

I believed him and now this story?… Hm

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It does and he’s been in touch lately, but I don’t think he’s working for them..

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From what i have read this far even if they manage to get a car on the grid it will be so slow that they wish they haden’t.

Comon F1 is THE pinnacle of motorsports not something “simple” and “fast” to produce.

Would have been fun to see USF1 but seriously they should be thrown out of this years championship so that the message is clear, if your going to F1 you better mean it and be well prepared.

By the way James i really enjoy reading your articles, great job.

29

A great shame to read all this – I was hoping to see them make the grid.

It’s all very well to say that Prodrive should get the slot, but 2 weeks isn’t really enough time for them to build 2 cars, is it?

The Ferrari “horse whisperer” does have a point about the FIA new team selection process…

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