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GP Week : Issue 45
Is Roger coming back to F1? TALK over who might tender for a place on the 2010 F1 grid increased over the Spanish GP weekend, as Bernie Ecclestone revealed that there were not one, but two American teams interested in entering the sport next season. With the USF1 program well on the way and the team’s first CAD designs for a 2010 challenger already completed, Ecclestone’s comments have cause much interest, with IRL giants Penske, Ganassi and Andretti-Green all suggested as the mysterious second F1 hopeful. USF1 Sporting Director Peter Windsor has told GPWeek that the emergence of a second American F1 hopeful won’t affect his team’s plans. “It doesn’t affect anything from our point of view and we’ve had nothing but solid support from the FIA and Bernie [Ecclestone] since they first knew about it, which was quite a while ago now. “It sounds boring but I can’t really answer for anyone else other than to say that I think what we’re doing is a great idea with a great business plan and Ken Anderson and I have often said to each other that we wouldn’t be surprised to see people doing the same thing. So fair enough. “I think if this is something that is happening as a result of the regulations being published and it is happening in a very short timeframe, I think they’ll probably be doing it differently to how we are in that we are designing and building the car in the United States. We’re team USF1, and if some Americans want to get involved with a European team then that’s great. It’s what life is all about.” Back to the future: Roger Penske, John Watson and Heinz Hofer at Fuji in 1976, the last time Penske was a Grand Prix team.