I will preface this by saying I am not on an anti USF1 slaughter fest and am willing to admit that the factory for sale post may have been slightly hasty on my behalf; however there are new troubling rumors that Peter Windsor’s dream may be over and they may have some traction.
With only one driver and no cars and with about a month left before Bahrain, USF1’s main financial backer Chad Hurley MAY be leaving the team in favor of Campos Meta or Stefan GP. The rumors have really taken off today and IF this does come to pass, it will signify a critical blow in which I don’t believe the team could recover. Currently there is also heavy rumor that team’s head of business development, Brian Booner has quit the team. There is some information indicating that the dream may be dead when the team failed to complete its official crash test in the UK earlier this week.
While this all may be generated in a rumor mill working overtime, there is no real evidence to refute these charges. USF1 has been silent since signing their first driver and we have no car or any date that would indicate a car is imminent. This would also explain why the team is now late on signing their second driver. The team is also running out of time to use the Barber Motorsports Park that was approved by the FiA as their first test. The winter IndyCar test is due soon and that would mean that either the test would come this week, or the two weeks leading up to Bahrain. That being said, you have to transport equipment to the race locations and there would be no time for that if the test runs that late.
I hate to perpetuate the rumors, but USF1 has done nothing to ease my worry in regards to them making the grid. The FiA has said that teams cannot miss races at the start of the year. If USF1 was to gain a penalty fee for missing the events without any financial backing would simply spell disaster. Keep it here at the paddock as we continue to sift through the rumors and the headlines coming out.