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GP Week : Issue 51
> F1NEWS> Danica high on USGP list TEAM USF1 Sporting Director Peter Windsor is preparing to start his search for the drivers who will lead his team’s 2010 Formula 1 campaign. Windsor is adamant that at least one of Team USF1’s drivers will be American, and admitted that Danica Patrick, who is out of contract soon, was high on his list. “Well we’re getting near to the point where we start to look seriously at drivers, and Danica is on our list for sure because she’s the best placed American in the leading single-seater championship of the United States,” he told GPWeek. “She’s doing a really great job. There’s some other great drivers out there: Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, Ryan Hunter- Reay, Jonathan Summerton … the list goes on. There are some really good guys and we’ve got to start focussing on that. “It’s not going to be easy for us but we do have an opportunity to give a young American a chance that they would never have in a million years with any other F1 team. “In a way it’s a big responsibility for us, and in another way it’s a great chance to take a risk and give them a chance and start a bit of a ‘Rocky’ story, and, if nothing else, we hope, open up the gates for a number of other Americans. “Whoever we choose for 2010 that won’t be the end of it. We’re going to create a stream for the American drivers to come through. It’s very difficult with the costs involved to get drivers coming through GP2 or World Series, but we’re going to find a way to get them here on the back of what we’re doing. That’s high on our priority list.” Windsor also admitted that his fledgling team would most likely opt to run one driver with contemporary F1 experience alongside their American rookie. “It’s certainly true to say that as time goes on and what we need to do is compressed more and more in terms of the timeframe available because of the situation we’ve had this year, running one experienced driver in one car does tend to look more attractive than it did 12 months ago. “There are a lot of factors that have come together to make us say that. There is still no testing at all allowed, there’s very little chance to run the car other than in tests at the beginning of 2010 and the rate with which we’ve got to develop the car means it’s got to be done in a relatively short space of time. “Given all that there’s certainly an argument for running one experienced driver alongside a young American in the other car.”