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Peter Windsor insists US F1 is on target for 2010

ESPNF1 Staff
December 28, 2009 « Mercedes to launch car in Stuttgart in late January | »
Peter Windsor is confident in his team's progress © Sutton Images

US F1 boss Peter Windsor insists his team is on target to race next season, despite its lack of press attention in recent months.

Its preparations were questioned by Bernie Ecclestone recently, after the new outfit had stayed relatively quiet about its progress when compared to the three other new teams, Lotus, Virgin and Campos. But Windsor has revealed that he planned to keep US F1's progress quiet in order to avoid distractions from F1 politics and the media.

"Such are the demands of modern media that every passing minute is another step into history - if you're not saying something, you're not doing anything," he wrote on the team's official website. "Well, I disagree. I think everyone and every company is entitled to its heads-down time.

"A number of people have asked me why we've been relatively quiet over the past six months or so. My answer is twofold - one, while the F1 politics were sorting themselves out there was very little that we could do or say. We're all in the entertainment business we call F1 and there seemed little or no point in adding to the situation from the perspective of a new team.

"Second, since August, we have been building our 'house'. Literally. We gutted the ex-Hall of Fame Racing/Joe Gibbs NASCAR shop, re-painted it, re-floored it, re-wired it, re-lit it and re-designed it. In three weeks. And then, once we had a building (and even before we had one), we began to design parts and to hire our team. Again we were building. People wanted to know what was going on. We replied that we were 'putting together the team.' It's a bit like building a new house. You don't invite all your neighbours and family around to see it at least until you've got the living room almost done, or a few plates in the kitchen."

Windsor also revealed that US F1, like Virgin Racing, will not be relying on a wind tunnel to design the car.

"I noticed the other day that Nick Wirth [Virgin's technical director] issued a press release about the new Virgin F1 car being entirely designed on CFD - Computational Fluid Dynamics (rather than in the wind tunnel)," he added. "The same thing applies to our car, although we see this as a logical process for a new team rather than something about which to be particularly excited."