The new-for-2010 USF1 team has passed an important second inspection from Formula One governing body the FIA. Officials from the Paris-based motoring body made their way to the team’s Charlotte base in the United States and were pleased with the work in progress at the facility.
With the Abu Dhabi circuit having been given the green light for its inaugural race next month, USF1 was inspected in a teams’ version of the examination. "I personally visited the USF1 Team in August as well as this week and I am impressed with the progress made by the organisation since the Concorde Agreement was signed in late July," said Nick Craw, the FIA’s Deputy President for Sport.
"It has all come together very quickly for the team and we welcome them into Formula One competition in 2010."
The squad is also pleased with its close working relationship with the federation, which is headed by Max Mosley until later this month. "We have had an open dialogue with the FIA since the team’s inception in 2008 and we welcome their visits to the United States," said USF1 co-owner and Team Principal Ken Anderson.
"We are proud to show them that, despite what is currently circulating in the rumour mill, our Charlotte shop is fully operational and we are well under way to construction of a unique US-designed Formula One racing car."
"The creation of a new team in the world’s toughest form of motorsport is not easy but there is no doubt whatsoever that we will be on the grid," he said firmly. "We have the right staff, the right partners and soon we will have the right drivers – we look forward to going racing next year."
But will it be good enough at the end of the day? I’m not sure if the rumoured design (below) will cut the mustard!