USF1 Close Down Indefinitely With Hopes Of 2011 Revival
USF1 have officially shut down operations working on their 2010 car and entry into the Formula One series, and will now not compete in the forthcoming season, which starts in just 9 days time.
The team run by Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor has been under close scrutiny recently as rumours hotted up that they would not make the grid in time. Yesterday those rumours became truth when the remaining staff at the team were put on indefinite unpaid leave while the mess was sorted out.
With Ken Anderson still hoping of a 2011 entry, the rumours now circulate what will happen to their 2010 entry. The FIA may decide to close it off and allow them a years grace until 2011, keeping F1 with just 12 teams, or they could, if USF1 officially withdraw give the place to Stefan GP the interesting Serbian team who are up, running and ready to go.
The only certainty in all this is that Anderson and Windsor have been left eating humble pie as the project looks unlikely to ever fruition despite big backing from Chad Hurley of Youtube, and from the Argentinian government through driver Jose Maria Lopez himself now a refugee destined for the recently renamed Hispanic Race Team (formerly Campos).
Ken Anderson told AUTOSPORT: “We have applied to the FIA to hold our entry until 2011. It was supposed to be confidential, so I could not really comment on it. It seems to have leaked out though.
“We are waiting for a reply from the FIA and are working with them. In the mean time, there is nothing for the employees to do, so we have told them to stop working on the current car until we have a decision.”