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The FIA has confirmed it is working closely with the USF1 team, following its request to skip the season’s first four races.

Nick Craw, the FIA Senate’s President, has confirmed that the team has sought confirmation of the race-skipping rules. These rules currently state that the team can skip up to three Grands Prix in a season in exchange for the consequent (financial) penalties.

Given the usual limited interest the US media holds in F1, SpeedTV has shown a high level of interest in the plight of USF1 (not forgetting of course that the team’s co-founder, Peter Windsor, was the channel’s principle F1 figurehead). The network has come up with a number of options the team could pursue outside of skipping the races:

  • obtaining a finished car, such as the Dallara chassis being built for Campos (and for which they have allegedly not been paid in full);
  • merging with another team
  • withdrawing completely from the 2010 championship and reapplying for 2011.

No doubt Stefan GP is watching this space with great anticipation!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.