American Team Look To Enter F1

James BroomheadAnalyst IFebruary 4, 2009

A new American team is reported to being looking to enter Formula 1 in 2010.

The Web site of UK-based motorsport magazine Autosport is reporting a new team, currently known simply as USF1 is making moves to enter the sport. The new team would be headed by design engineer Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor, formerly a manager at the Williams F1 team.

Sources suggest that would-be rival F1 team bosses have approved the team's bid for entry. However, as of yet no formal entry of the 2010 season has been made, or at least not reported. However, there is a Web site, although the magazine reports it consists solely of the team's logo, which has been reproduced here.

A lot of the delays may be explained as the team are currently searching the US for potential sponsors to back their team, which may perhaps lead to "USF1" simply being a working title for the team.

The new team would produce their own chassis, probably under Anderson's guidance, as his experience lies in that area, having designed the old IRL G-Force chassis, as well as previously having been technical director for the Ligier and Onyx F1 team, Chip Gannasi's and A.J. Foyt's open wheel teams and the Haas CNC NASCAR team.

However, engine and gearbox plans are unknown, whether these would be in-house productions, or whether the team would a customer of an existing F1 team, a scenario made possible by a recent change by the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA).

Anderson is also part owner of a North Carolina company with a full scale wind tunnel—a crucial piece of equipment in modern F1.

The report suggests the team would work from a base in North Carolina.