The co-founder of the shambolic USF1 outfit, Peter Windsor, has finally shown his face and resurfaced as a new writer for the GP Week online magazine.
Not only this, but the former Williams and Ferrari team manager has admitted that USF1 should have considered competing with Toyota’s 2010 F1 package rather than sending the outfit to the wall in the pre-season.
Asked in an interview if regretted not pursuing the Toyota option in light of the collapse of his outfit, Windsor replied: “Yes, it would have been better than doing nothing at all, in retrospect.
“One of the problems was that it wasn’t just the chassis on offer; the Toyota engine deal was an integral part of the package,” he continued. “And by that stage, of course, we were contracted to Cosworth.”
The debacle surrounding the collapse of USF1 was a subject of heavy criticism among key figures and fans in F1, who felt that its closure heavily impacted the sport’s chances of finally cracking the US market.
David Richards, the boss of Prodrive, described all of F1’s struggling new teams as having “prejudiced” other aspirant outfits’ efforts to enter F1 competition.
In turn, Windsor responded on his Twitter page: “David Richards harmed fund-raising prospects for F1 in general when he walked away from his franchise [in 2008] with hardly a word.”
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]