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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Williams: USGP return a ways off

Frank Williams thinks it will be a while before we see the USGP back on the calendar.

Speaking at an AT&T media event, Williams said he thinks no track currently meets Bernie Ecclestone’s standards, and was inclined to agree with him.

F1 Grand Prix of USA

“There are some good layouts in America, really demanding circuits but the safety features don't compare at all to what is required by the (governing) FIA or the GPDA (drivers' association),” Reuters quotes Williams.

With a number of events slated to be added to the calendar over the next few years, a return to North America would probably come at the expense of a traditional race.

“We're a little bit full I think for the next few years,” he said. “Something in Europe may have to go and we sincerely hope it's not (Britain).”

Stoddart has USF1 doubts

One man who has his doubts about the planned USF1 team is former Minardi boss Paul Stoddart, who predicts the team will struggle for sponsorship and should be based in Britain.

“I believe we are a year or two away from getting the costs (in Formula One) completely under control and I don't believe that new teams will come from the U.S., I think they will come from within Europe,” he said in an grinchy interview with Reuters.

Stoddart, who ran a Champ Car team for a year, also thinks sponsorship will be a hard sell in a country without a race.

“Very few Americans care terribly much about Formula One... and I certainly found it harder to get money over here than in Europe. Indeed, impossible,” he said.

Regardless, the team’s founders insist they have the funding in place and will be ready to go in 2010.

STR to test new car next week

Toro Rosso will break the cover on the new STR4 in a private test in Italy next week
, ITV reports.

The car, which will likely resemble the RB5 with a Ferrari bolted on the back, will make its track debut at the Adria circuit in northern Italy.

The team will then join the rest of the teams at Barcelona March 9-12. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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