USF1 Bosses

The sinking ship that is USF1 will be subjected to an inspection by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, as the groundswell of doubts about their viability grows by the minute.

AUTOSPORT has reported that FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting will visit the USF1 headquarters to view the team’s progress for 2010, and will determine just how unprepared ready the team is for the upcoming season.

It must be stressed that neither party has confirmed this visit, but with so much doubt and rumour surrounding the team – much of which we’re quite happy to subscribe to! – it seems unlikely that such a visit is not occurring…

Speculation has also continued to mount that the team’s chef investor (and founder of YouTube) Chad Hurley is actively investigating a means for the team to be able to compete in 2010 via a merger with Campos or Stefan GP.

Hurley was identified as the potential saviour of the floundering operation, with a senior USF1 staff member pointing him out as the key to the team’s survival.

The anonymous staff members said: “We feel Hurley [has] our best interest [at heart] and also feel Hurley has no intention of abandoning us even though the media has said he’s gone with Campos.

“With all this talk about where US F1 is at, it’s been missed that there are 60+ people who have had to suffer through this for the last two months. All of us left jobs and many of us travelled cross-country for this opportunity.

"In a meeting between the employees, Windsor and Anderson, Windsor put the question up to the employees: ‘Who here doesn’t think we’ll make Bahrain?’ I think he might have meant it somewhat rhetorically, but he was answered nonetheless, and 100 per cent of the staff raised their hands. He was visibly shocked.

"But having said that, throughout the turmoil, the team has really come together and we’re all committed to the project; precious few have left in spite of the uncertainty of whether we’ll be paid this Friday. I’ve never seen such dedication."

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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.