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GP Week : Issue 50
opinion Chris Lambden GPWeek Publisher THE BIG FIVE-O Half a century is a fair old milestone. I passed mine a year or three ago; lens legend and GPWeek co-director Keith Sutton hit the wall last Wednesday; my youngest played his 50th game of Footy at the weekend ... and this is the 50th Issue of GPWeek! The latter (okay, the footy was pretty cool) is something we’re pretty pleased about here at GPWeek Central. Our big step into the world-wide web of F1/MotoGP/WRC has been extraordinarily well- received, the audience is growing weekly, and we’re having a great time keeping tabs on three of the world’s greatest motor sports. But I’d have to say that this week has been a confusing time for me. I’ve been a four- wheeled motor racing fan since the age of nine. I’ve been fortunate to see and hear some of the greatest motor races of all time – live or on the box. I met Jim Clark once, watched a 17 year-old Senna race a kart for the first time in Europe, and, more recently – as part of the media – have spoken with and watched close-up the modern stars of F1 at their peak. On occasions, rarely, I have held my breath. Not often, just occasionally. But I did on Sunday, as Valentino Rossi pulled off one of the greatlast- corner wins of all time. I can’t remember the last time I actually held my breath watching F1. Perhaps the current clash of egos and ideologies in F1 Land is eroding my love for it. Thank heavens for Valentino Rossi. That was ... awesome. Who are the new team The FIA has announced that three new teams will definitely be on the 2 grid. After receiving 15 new applications, the FIA has whittled them do the three whose names were included on the official 2010 list. All team reportedly put through a stringent due diligence process to ensure tha had the required level of funding, resources, experience and technical to compete in F1 IT’S been two decades since America had an F1 team, and three years since the country had a Grand Prix, but the US F1 Team is here and ready to make big shakes in the sport. Ever since the entries were opened for 2010, Team US F1 has been the favourite to land one of the three new spots and it was little surprise to see its name on the list of successful 2010 entrants on June 12. Team Principal Ken Anderson started his motorsport career working for Fox Racing, designing shock absorbers, and was hired by Roger Penske to design the team’s shock absorbers. Anderson went on to become chief engineer and helped the Williams F1 team with its suspension design in the late 1980s. That led to his employment by Ligier as Technical Director in 1988 before moving on to Onyx. At the start of the 1990s Anderson returned to America where he helped to formulate the new IRL championship and continued to be a major force in car design. Anderson is joined at the helm of the team by Peter Windsor, who takes the role of Sporting Director. Windsor, a journalist for over 30 years, has also shaped his career with stints as the Williams F1 Team Manager and Head of the Ferrari’s UK Technical Office. Team US F1 has already completed the CAD drawings of its 2010 car, and is known to have some major investment already in place for what is sure to be a very serious challenge. Name: Team USF1 Engine: Cosworth Country: USA Team Principal: Ken Anderson Potential Drivers: Danica Patrick Marco Andretti Colin Fleming