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GP Week : Issue 59
>>F1 INSIGHT there’s a lot of scepticism out there. But I think that Ken and Peter are doing a hard job and working their butts off to get this thing going and to succeed at it.” The fact that Jonathan is on first name terms with USF1’s top brass suggests he’s no stranger to the two of them. With their modus operandi already laid out as being to give young American hopefuls a shot at Formula 1, Jonathan Summerton is a driver who surely must rank high on their list. “I definitely feel that if they start picking drivers from America and helping them out for Europe then it’ll be a great opportunity for a lot of Americans,” Summerton explains. “Hopefully a lot of the young up and comers will see that opportunity, take advantage of it and really work hard to get there because if they’re good enough and can see an opportunity in F1 without rushing to Europe then that would allow them to focus on honing their skills in karting, racing over here in the States for a few years and then if USF1 picked them up and developed them they could send them to Europe and develop their skills there.” Okay Jonathan, enough with the PR answer about other drivers’ careers. What about yours? Has he been in touch with Ken and Peter? Is that USF1 drive a realistic shot for 2010? “I have been in touch with Peter and Ken quite a lot and it’s definitely somewhere I’d love to be,” he beams. “Hopefully everything comes together with the team and the driver. It would be a dream come true making it to Formula 1 and being able to show that it can be done without a budget, to say the least. The last four years have been a hard push at times to even find a ride and luckily each year I’ve been able to find something. To be able to make it to the pinnacle of motorsport, to be able to race against all those guys I raced against in Formula 3 EuroSeries, and to do it with an American team, too, would be great.” A young American driver with talent, hunger, likeability, and a previous form book in which he’s taken on and beaten some of the very best of F1’s current rising stars, Jonathan Summerton isn’t just the type of driver USF1 should be signing, he is the driver they should be signing. Go on Ken, Peter ... you know it makes sense.