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Saturday, February 27, 2010

No merger of equals

Stefan Grand Prix hit out at the FIA and USF1, posting a scathing message on its Web site:

http://www.stefangp.com/news008.html

Youtube's Chad Hurley is attempting to broker a deal with Stefan which would allow him to recoup some of his investment in USF1, but Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor appear to be blocking a deal. Stefan made its opinion clear that “dreamers from the USA” and “somebody” (read: FIA) should be held accountable if teams fail to show up in Bahrain.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

A Stefan/USF1 merger in the cards?

Reports are emerging Chad Hurley is trying to merge USF1 with outsiders Stefan GP, as many in the know predicted earlier this week. Talks with Campos have apparently reached a dead end.

http://formula-one.speedtv.com/article/f1-hurley-stefan-talking-us-f1-merger/

According to Adam Cooper on SpeedTV.com, that is not the wish of Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor, who would like to go it on their own. With what, no one is saying.

It seems Hurley is the one with the power, however.

Should a deal go through, it would likely find support with the FIA. Charlie Whiting was in Charlotte Wednesday.

Jacques Villeneuve and Kazuki Nakajima look to be in line to drive.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Insider sheds light on USF1 woes

AUTOSPORT is carrying a story with an unnamed USF1 insider that may give a little more info regarding the team's problems, and the key role backer Chad Hurley may play in its future, as well as that of Argentine driver Jose Maria Lopez:

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81664

Ken Anderson appears to get the worst of it, and the insider blames delays in the design process for handcuffing Peter Windsor's ability to sign sponsorship. Hurley, despite rumors of his going to Campos, is portrayed as something of the savior.

Whether that will come in the form of a deal with Campos, Dallara or Stefan GP remains to be seen. Joe Saward has some interesting thoughts on the matter:

http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2010/02/21/us-f1-a-future-in-belgrade/

Stefan would, at least, welcome the tire supply. And the entry.

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Ferrari slams Mosley's "Holy War"

In a column worthy of the best of the Red Bulletin, Ferrari’s Horse Whisperer took a shot at F1’s new teams, claiming “Of the thirteen teams who signed up, or were induced to sign up, for this year’s Championship, to date only eleven of them have heeded the call, turning up on track, some later than others, and while some have managed just a few hundred kilometres, others have done more, but at a much reduced pace.”

The column saved its harshest reviews for Campos Meta, questioning “a sudden cash injection from a munificent white knight, well used to this sort of last minute rescue deal” and, of course, beleaguered USF1, which “appears to have gone into hiding in Charlotte, North Carolina... Amazingly, they still have the impudence to claim that everything is hunky-dory under the starry stripy sky.”

“Serbian vultures” get their just due, as well. Surely the presence of Mike Coughlan feeds that fire.

But the harshest criticism falls on Max Mosley for his “holy war” to make the sport viable for small teams at the expense of BMW and Toyota, who have since left the sport.

Harsh words, but well worth the read.

http://www.ferrari.com/English/News/Pages/100222_GR_Per_chi_suona_la_campana.aspx

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