Well it was fun while it lasted, but the news out of Charlotte today is finally the end of what has been one ugly situation.
For the last few weeks USF1 has been the center of attention off the track. While teams tested and prepared for the season opener in Bahrain, the struggling American outfit has done nothing but sit in a stalled state. News of backers leaving and sponsors falling off has made for one ugly PR situation for the team that announced in February of 2009 their intentions to make the grid. Autosport has reported that shortly before lunch time, the personnel who remained after the nightmare began, were told they would be going on unpaid leave. There has been no official confirmation of the news, but given the silence after all the problems encountered in recent weeks; that should come as no surprise.
This now could potentially show the way for Stefan GP. The Serbian team spoke very badly of both the FiA and USF1 over the weekend leading me to believe it was not going to happen. This news may leave no other option for the FiA. The team is ready with a car and equipment already en route to Bahrain and Malaysia. The only thing in the way is USF1’s official withdraw from the championship, and FiA approval to compete.
It is a sad day for US motorsport and the United States’ future in the Formula 1 championship. While I applaud Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson for their attempts at showing the world what we yanks have to offer, I can’t help but leave this situation feeling a little insulted and foolish to believe it was ever going to happen.