USF1 is – we are led to believe – officially dead.
The team who reneged on their 2010 entry has completely shut down its operations in its Charlotte HQ.
Staff were sent on unpaid leave in the lead-up to the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, and all employees have now been issued with written layoff notices.
Team Principal Ken Anderson noted in these letters that there was the potential to rehire these staff members “if business conditions improve”, but cited “serious economic and funding challenges” as the reasons for the project’s short lifespan.
It is also alleged that up to ten employees have lodged claims with North Carolina’s Department of Labor over wages owed to them.