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GP Week : Issue 45
> F1NEWS> USF1: We won’t be affected by cost cap controversy USF1 Sporting Director Peter Windsor says that no matter what the result of ongoing negotiations between existing F1 teams and the FIA over the 2010 budget cap, his team has set its own financial targets and will not stray from them. “The first thing that needs to be said is that we are very impressed with the way in which the FIA has made it easier for new teams to come into Formula 1,”he told GPWeek in Barcelona. “We wouldn’t be here now unless that was happening. Obviously there need to be growing pains with any new system. But from our point of view it doesn’t change very much. “We are who we are, we’re doing what we’re doing and we’ve been planning this for three or four years to the budget at which we’re currently operating. We haven’t changed our budget and it perfectly dovetails with a lot of the numbers that are currently being mentioned. We’ve got our heads down, we’ve just finished the CAD drawings of the car and it’s all very exciting.” Windsor, pictured inset, confirmed that while the lack of confirmation over the proposed mandatory use of KERS in 2010 has meant the initial USF1 Car has been designed to include the system, in an ideal world his team would prefer not to use it. “A lot of that depends on where we’re going with the regulations. If it’s a choice we probably would not go with KERS, but its potentially going to be mandatory for every team and we have to presume that’s going to be the case. “You can’t design a car on belief, you have to design it on what we’re being told now which is, as we understand it, that KERS will be on every car but that may not be the case in a few months’time. “Like everybody in Formula we think KERS has good and bad points. But is it a complication that we need and an additional cost expense that we need? It’s a debatable point.”