The embattled USF1 team is suffering almost daily blows to its 2010 F1 ambitions, with rumours now doing the rounds that its high-profile partner YouTube may be on the way out – possibly to the other newcomer, Campos…

Virtually nothing has been heard from USF1 since it announced the signing of its first wallet driver José Mariá López. Paddock gossip – fuelled by F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone – has insisted that the team won’t be present at the season-opening Bahrain GP and would be highly unlikely to see out the season. Further credibility has been given to these claims with news that Brian Bonner, the team’s Head of Business Development (whatever that is), has quit his role.

It is now said that he too could be followed by YouTube founder and the team’s chief investor, Chad Hurley.

YallaF1 is suggesting that Hurley is now investigating the possibility of switching allegiance to the equally troubled Campos or the ambitious Stefan GP teams, the latter of which is still angling for an F1 berth if either USF1 or Campos hits the skids.

Although not thought to be any reflection on the team, its Charlotte headquarters have been put up for sale by its leaseholder – the team has predictably denied that the sale will affect its five-year tenancy agreement shared with two other NASCAR teams.

Inside sources at Campos are also saying they are hoping to reveal the identity of their financial saviour "within 24 hours".

With A1GP crook boss Tony Texeira’s interest appearing to wane as rapidly as his interest in buying into the team started, this again gives the ‘YouTube to Campos’ rumours further credence.

What are we to believe???

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