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GP Week : Issue 38
> F1NEWS> tor praises “courageous” budget cap up the FIA’s budget cap with its intended 2010 entry to Formula 1. “From the start – from the day Ken Anderson and the rest of us conceived this team – we always believed that there was another way of doing an F1 team, that you didn’t have to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in order merely to breath. That’s why we are doing the team in the US. That’s why we are doing it with US technology. “Regardless of the new rules, we were always going to be producing what today would be called a ‘budget-capped’ team but which four years ago we called a ‘logical’ team. Four years ago, it was difficult to persuade people that our concept was doable. Now, in the recession, people are listening.” Further to welcoming the World MotorSport Council’s latest decisions, Windsor confirmed to GPWeek that the reaction to the team’s recent launch had been met with universal popularity in the oft-thought F1-sceptical motorsport fan-base in America. “It’s been fantastic,”he enthused. “We made our ‘announcement’ basically because our plans finally leaked their way onto the websites but, when you’re starting a new team from zero, we also knew that there’s never a perfect moment to go public. Do you do so when the team is just an idea? When you achieve your investment funding? When you sign your first driver? Your first sponsor? When the car first touches the ground? “We took the decision to talk openly when we achieved our 2009 investment targets and when we knew we had the support of the FIA. Since then, we have been busy choosing a building, registering the team name into the World Championship, talking to drivers, talking to potential partners and generally performing all the legal and auditing tasks that befall any new company. “We ran our website for a week or so, mainly to test it from an engineering standpoint but also to gauge the response to our news. “The numbers, as you may know, were amazing: in the brief time we were up our site was receiving over 350 hits per second! And, world-wide, over 4,000 feature articles were written about us in the month of February alone. “Thanks, then, to everyone who has been so supportive to us at this early stage. We intend to be very open with everything we are doing with the car and the team and of course in this respect we are only just beginning. There’s a lot more news around the corner….”